Best Day Ever

Today has definitely been the best day after the birth of my son:

  • We found a place to move to in Idaho
  • We’re going to get DSL
  • My phone bill was reduced by 25% per month
  • I got Half-Life and CounterStrike working under WINE
  • I had the best game of poker in my life, one game lasted 4 hrs 30 mins with a $240 pot for the winner, I came in second so broke even but it was incredible – I laid the smack down on three pretty awesome players

I really don’t think it gets much better than that. Thank you, and good night!

Rolling over

And I missed it by one day!
Brandy just said to me about the baby:

“Okay so i spoke too soon  he saw something on the bed he liked while i was changing his diaper, put both arms towards it, you could see his tummy flex & over he went   cracked me up!”

He is 5 weeks 5 days old today.

Why does technology suck so much?

No really, why?
I moved a hard drive from one computer to another, faster computer, and in the process had to:

      Change the modem, because the new motherboard didn’t like it
      Remove the extra USB ports PCI card because it wasn’t liked either
      Reinstall Windows because the old installation didn’t like the new chipset
      Fiddle around with the Master / Master with Slave / Slave / Cable Select options on both hard drives because the old motherboard was OK with one configuration but the new one wasn’t as tolerant.

The Top Ten Design Bugs list has been going for several years now, and illustrates how user UNfriendly modern computer systems are:
The list includes problems such as “If the computer loses power for more than a few thousandths of a second, it throws everything away” and “Designers offer no way for users to discover why a given menu or option has been dimmed (grayed out), nor how to turn it back on.”

Come on people, fix these damned problems already. Computers really should “just work”. I should be able to flip the power off on my computer, flip is back on and pick up where I left off.
I should be able to move a hard drive from one computer to another and have it “just work” every time, regardless of differences in hardware.

Make it “just work” already, I’m getting tired of this.

One year later…

Could I be any lazier?
life has been getting increasingly chaotic over the last 12 months. Fortunately my ability to cope has increased at the same time. A quick run down of events from the last 12 months:

  • Family moved from Oldtown, ID to Priest River, ID
  • Family moved from Priest River, ID to Laclede, ID
  • We’re expecting another baby boy in the next few months
  • I moved from Los Angeles, CA to Mountain View, CA
  • Left EarthLink for a much better job while allows me to see the sun (sometimes)

I’m sure much more has happened that I just can’t think of right now…
I did just return from a trip to Toronto. It’s very cold there, with at least a foot of snow almost everywhere I went. Contrary to popular belief, Canadians have several redeeming qualities:

  • The courts make SENSE; they stated clearly the P2P technology is not illegal even if it’s used to infringe on copyright, and last week ruled that “sex clubs” so no harm any of the consenting persons who frequesnt them and should be allowed. This completely throws out the notion of “social acceptable”, which IMNSHO is an out dated ideal anyway. Down with social rule, up with individal freedom!
  • The Canadians are a very friendly bunch, I had an absolute blast. They’re about as friendly as I’ve seen people, without being sickeningly jolly.
  • They say cool things like “It’s the fuzz! Cheese it!”

Flying back to LA sucks

After having been here for a week and a half, I don’t want to go back 🙁

I write this from the airport. Thank god I have wireless access here, or I might have gone over the edge.
Joseph had a great birthday. He got a free cake from Safeway to eat / sit in / play with. I got it all on tape and will upload it when I get home 🙂 I just wish I didn’t have to go there at all. I don’t know how kurt and ginger are going to take my request to work remotely. I want to wait until we have at least one more person in Pasadena before I raise the issue.And I’d like to try and get some amazing work under my belt too. Never hurts to suck up a little. We’ll see how it goes in a few months.

It’s gotten really cold in Idaho. It was snowing when we left the house this morning. I bought a wooly hat. If I get my hair tidied up I can probably leave it untied at a managable length. There’s a bigass low pressure zone over LA right now, and a bigass high pressure zone over Seattle. The flight down should be fun. It’s 68F down there, and 37F up here.

Bug’s first birthday

It’s been about a month since my last blog entry. Since then I’ve started working two extra jobs to try and help ends meet. It’s a lot of work, but I don’t mind it too much as we need the money right now.. too many expenses!

I’ve also been looking around for studio apartments in Burbank. Hopefuly I can find something nice near the airport for around $500 a month. That would be pretty nice.

Bug’s first birthday is this Saturday, I’ve taken all my vacation time so I can be here for the next week and a half. I’m concerned he’s forgetting who I am 🙁 I wish I could find some work up here, but it’s really difficult trying to do anything.
Brandy suggested that I work with Josh. Maybe I could do that, with the contract work I could make some money, but probably still much less than I make now, and probably not enough for us to live on. I guess we’ll see what happens 🙁

The simple life

I got back from Idaho last week. Kept meaning to write something here, but didn’t get around to it. I just know Joseph’s going to grow up an I’m going to miss it 🙁

I miss the simple life. I just have too much to do here, and I’m not getting anywhere. A character on a TV show was talking about the challenges of life and said:
“It should be hard. I like it when it’s hard. But it shouldn’t be this difficult.”
It sucks here.

That it all.

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