Ouchies!

Jan. 7th, 2006 12:02 pm

Dunno how I manage it, but I still have a right knee. This in spite of having injured myself three times while working for the PD, and all three times, I've managed to bloody my right knee.  Last night was the third time. Given my job, it's perhaps not difficult to understand why I've been able to walk to a police facility to request aid each time, but that has in fact been the case.  Last night, I was walking to the bus stop to catch a crosstown bus to where I could get my suburb-bound train, and as I was crossing the street to the bus stop, I managed to trip over the sidewalk.  The local precinct (not where I was working) was about a block away, so I walked over there, leaving a red stain on the knee of my pants, and got first aid over there. No big deal, except that it's the third time I've managed to do this - and it's always the right knee.  Gotta wonder about my reflexes; I know how to take a fall and roll to avoid serious injury - but somehow, I can't manage to avoid bloodying that knee...

The BBC food meme is making the rounds again. I did it here. But here's the update...

Bold what you've eaten, italicize what you'd like to try, strike out what you intend to avoid...

The original list (from the BBC)

  1. Fresh fish
  2. Lobster
  3. Steak
  4. Thai food
  5. Chinese food
  6. Ice cream
  7. Pizza
  8. Crab
  9. Curry
  10. Prawns
  11. Moreton Bay Bugs
  12. Clam chowder
  13. Barbecues
  14. Pancakes
  15. Pasta
  16. Mussels
  17. Cheesecake
  18. Lamb
  19. Cream tea
  20. Alligator
  21. Oysters
  22. Kangaroo
  23. Chocolate
  24. Sandwiches
  25. Greek food
  26. Burgers
  27. Mexican food
  28. Squid
  29. American diner breakfast
  30. Salmon
  31. Venison
  32. Guinea pig
  33. Shark
  34. Sushi
  35. Paella
  36. Barramundi (?)
  37. Reindeer
  38. Kebab
  39. Scallops
  40. Australian meat pie
  41. Mango
  42. Durian fruit
  43. Octopus
  44. Ribs
  45. Roast beef
  46. Tapas
  47. Jerk chicken/pork
  48. Haggis
  49. Caviar
  50. Cornish pasty
And a few more that weren't on the previous list...
  1. Indian food (other than curry)
  2. Kiwi (the fruit, also called "Chinese Gooseberry")
  3. Rabbit
  4. Japanese food (other than sushi)
  5. Rijstafel
  6. Hot Dogs/Frankfurters
  7. Goat
  8. Mongolian "Barbeque"
  9. Viet-Namese food
  10. French food
  11. Jambalaya

And a few more, from [livejournal.com profile] pauamma...

  1. Hare
  2. Horse
  3. Boa
  4. Beaver
  5. Squirrel
  6. Bee larvae
  7. Indonesian food (other than rijstafel)
  8. Korean food
  9. Flounder
  10. Eel

And more from [livejournal.com profile] catwyche...

  1. Blood Pudding
  2. Gumbo
  3. Rattlesnake
  4. Squab
  5. Turducken
  6. Fleur de sel
  7. Swan
  8. Plantains
  9. Starfruit
  10. Cat

Today, I bit the bullet, spent the money, and took the test.

And passed.  By the skin of my teeth, but I passed.

I can now call myself a Microsoft Certified Professional (70-270) (Installing and Administering Windows XP Professional), having gotten the minimum passing score of 700. This represents the first of seven tests that I need to take over the next few months; once all seven tests are passed, I will be able to call myself a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer - and a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, as the set of tests that I intend to take are such that I will qualify for both.

This is a good thing, because it will allow me to go to my boss, and show him that I have done it, and that therefore I should be rolled over into the new Civil Service IT title that requires MCSA or MCSE certs - which will represent an immediate raise of over $5K per year, and could be as much as $15K per year (there's some ambiguity in the way that Civil Service law is written - since I'm effectively doing the work without the title, my time in the lower title may well qualify me for higher levels within the new title - which would mean more money).

The Microsoft certifications are well-thought-out; they require that you have good comprehensive knowledge of the topic for which certification is being sought. There is an emphasis on Microsoft's theory rather than practical experience, and that distorts things somewhat, but they do provide for commentary on individual questions, and I made liberal use of that facility to explain where and how my experience disagreed with their theory. They say they consider all feedback, and use it to improve their courses and tests.

Next up: The Windows Server 2003 core requirements for the MCSA.

And only two comments on Jackson himself:

  1. He was such a cute kid.
  2. He's clearly got some serious psychological problems.

For those of you who play The Sims 2 and The Sims 2 University, I have a question: I've uploaded a number of lots to the Exchange. Some of them have had LOTS of downloads; some of them not.  I'd like to be a bit more consistent in my download levels, but without everything being "the same".  Can you look at my lots - the ones uploaded by jeffdzeitlin - and tell me what made the successful ones successful,and what the flaws in the others are?

This is our generation's Karen-Anne Quinlan case.  And we're not handling anywhere near as well as our parents handled that one.

I'm not liking what I'm hearing. If I restrict the viewability of my LiveJournal posts, it's for a reason. It's become pretty clear that FriendDitto doesn't respect those reasons.

I can't stop people on my friends list from using this service, but I can say that if I find out that someone on my Friends list is using it, they'll be bounced from my Friends list quite promptly.

It sorta occurred to me that while I don't post much, some of what I post on may or may not be of interest to the people that have me on their Friends page.  So, I'm going to start creating a few filters.  Specifically, since my cricket match reports can get kinda long, I think I'm going to create a separate filter for them.  So, if you ARE interested in my cricket reports and comments, drop me a note saying so (this is a paid account, so you can use the obvious livejournal.com address) and I'll add you to the "Cricket" filter.

Memage

Jan. 11th, 2005 04:53 am
If you didn't start a Live Journal for the sole purpose of being an attention whore and having everyone pity you because of your sob stories, put this in your LJ.

Yumeme

Dec. 20th, 2004 06:02 am
Snarfed from [livejournal.com profile] catwyche, passed on to [livejournal.com profile] pauamma, re-gakked by [livejournal.com profile] catwyche, and resnarfed and edited by me...Yummitude follows... )
There's a meme going around about how you should post a certain sentence in your LJ if you meet a certain criterion.  That criterion has to do with 'friendship' and specifically, 'close' friendship.  That leads me to a different question: How do you define 'friend', and how do you define 'close friend'? By observing those around me, I've concluded that what I have aren't 'friends' much less 'close friends'; they're 'acquaintances' with whom I have relationships (which may be more or less extensive) - but rarely do those relationships run beyond one or two common interests. And I have my suspicions as to why I'm that way - but that's another post for another time.  Suffice it for now to say that my emotional mechanisms are broken, probably irreparably, and leave it at that.

So, what in your view constitutes friendship, and/or close friendship?

Reposted so most of you will see it; the way it got posted last time, it won't show up on your Friends page...

For the past couple of weeks, I've been going twice a week to physical therapy for some minor back problems; I managed to do something that my body wasn't designed to do, and it protested a little too long.  That's neither here nor there; the prescription - plus a little bit of 'hey, when the body feels wrong, it's trying to tell you something' consciousness, and I'm OK now.

Part of the PT was ultrasonic massage.  Which involved siting the 'electrodes', placing a warm, moist towel over them, and then putting a gel-pad on top of that.  The gel-pad was fairly dense, and meant that there was noticeable weight on my back.  The whole process was quite pleasant, and I seem to be in good shape now.

But that gel-pad got me thinking: When I'm lying in bed - asleep or not - I'll opt for keeping the temperature lower than normal and adding additional layers of blanket, in preference to keeping the temperature at a comfortable level and using only a light blanket or a topsheet.  A brief bit of chat on #C suggests that other people opt for the extra layers - and their weight - as well.

I'm curious, and would appreciate your thoughts: Why?  Is this some sort of hindbrain response, buried so deep in our history that there's no real hope of figuring out why, or can people put a reason to why they like the extra weight/layers?  Or is it as overwhelmingly popular as I think it is, at all?  If you don't feel this way, I'd like to hear that, as well, and why not.  And feel free to spread the question around; it's a public entry.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been going twice a week to physical therapy for some minor back problems; I managed to do something that my body wasn't designed to do, and it protested a little too long.  That's neither here nor there; the prescription - plus a little bit of 'hey, when the body feels wrong, it's trying to tell you something' consciousness, and I'm OK now.

Part of the PT was ultrasonic massage.  Which involved siting the 'electrodes', placing a warm, moist towel over them, and then putting a gel-pad  on top of that.  The gel-pad was fairly dense, and meant that there was noticeable weight on my back.  The whole process was quite pleasant, and I seem to be in good shape now.

But that gel-pad got me thinking: When I'm lying in bed - asleep or not - I'll opt for keeping the temperature lower than normal and adding additional layers of blanket, in preference to keeping the temperature at a comfortable level and using only a light blanket or a topsheet.  A brief bit of chat on #C suggests that other people opt for the extra layers - and their weight - as well.

I'm curious, and would appreciate your thoughts: Why?  Is this some sort of hindbrain response, buried so deep in our history that there's no real hope of figuring out why, or can people put a reason to why they like the extra weight?  Or is it as overwhelmingly popular as I think it is, at all?  If you don't feel this way, I'd like to hear that, as well, and why not.  And feel free to spread the question around; it's a public entry.

Mapmeme

Oct. 9th, 2004 08:20 am
Added a friend to my list today; went browsing his journal, and found this...

I'm trying to get all my Livejournal friends' locations plotted on a map - please add your location starting with this form.
Username:
(Then get your friends to!)
Three years ago, the world changed.  Three years ago, I began posting to the Usenet newsgroup alt.callahans a series of articles that would eventually lead me into occasionally 'blogging'.  Those articles can be found in the Google archives by searching for the subject containing 'One New Yorker's Impressions', or you can read them at http://home.cyburban.com/~jzeitlin/american/wtc.html.  At the end of that compilation, in an article written a year after the Events, I pointed out the direction that I felt that we, as a country, needed to go.

I have made the error of holding my tongue over the past two years, and saying nothing, as I saw my country head in almost exactly the opposite direction to the signpost that I raised.  I have seen the liberties that have made us what we are become more restricted; I have seen the government arrogate more and more power to itself, in the name of fighting terrorism; I have seen 'sensitive' locations become garrisoned fortresses, where people freely walked before.

We have failed to bear the burden laid upon us by the three thousand people whose lives ended three years ago this day.  We have failed to bear the burden laid upon us by a group of men with a vision, who acted two hundred and twenty-eight years ago to deliver 'a new nation, conceived in liberty'. And we do not appear to care that we have failed in this way.  We have given away our liberty, and not for security, but for an unconvincing illusion of security.  And in doing so, we show - as one of that group of men said - that we are deserving of neither that liberty nor that security.

I do not know what to do.  I can speak out, but I am a small voice crying in the wilderness. I cannot vote to restore what we have lost, because there are no candidates who will implement that restoration. But I know not what other options I have, to wake us up.
... and I just had such an experience.  And I don't like it.

Some CENSORED just knocked me completely off the 'net.  As in, my DSL was down/red status.  Because it thought I was 'with' someone else who allegedly cooperated with two other people to 'steal' a channel from it.  Never mind that the three individuals indicated DO NOT do that sort of thing, never mind that my association with them is essentially nonexistent any more (one of them and I routinely auto-op each other in a channel that needs protection, but doesn't have enough traffic for CService).  Just come in to MY channel and start attacking my 'bots and me, without trying to get facts.

It claims to be Romanian, but a /whois indicated a school in Spain.  I couldn't get an IP address to target formal complaints (not that most providers - even schools - give much of a damn about IRC) or to have an IRCOp k-line/g-line it.

And it wouldn't surprise me to find that the machine - wherever it was - was actually pwn3d.

>sigh<
So now that I've gotten an excessively busy week out of my way (and started a week-long vacation)...

The week before this just past, I was sent to class to learn how to administer Windows XP. This nearly a year after XP started making its way into the job, and more than two years after I got my first (two) XP boxen at home. So, most of what was covered in the class was stuff I'd already discovered on my own from simply needing to know it.

As a result, I can call myself a "Microsoft Certifiable Professional". Certifiable, but not certified, as the class doesn't include the certification test - although it was in fact a Genuine Microsoft class, taught by a Microsoft Certified Education/Training Partner.

More important, it did show me a few tools that I'd not known about before, and establishes a base for quite a number of other MS courses that could lead to any of their certifications except for Office.

Now if I can convince the job that this makes me worth more money... or, wait, if I do, they may never send me to training again...
Yesterday, I went into my local source for RPG materials - my "FLGS", "Friendly Local Gaming Store" (an acronym that I may actually have originated, on a gaming-related mailing list) - to purchase a recently released item. I approached the register to get my purchases rung up, and the guy looked at me and asked me how my website was doing. Read more... )

How cool is that, to be recognized because of your website!?
I went around to a couple of cheap body-shops to see what the story with the car was - could it be fixed, sensibly, and at what price sort of thing. Final outcome: I found a place that'd do it for $200, no problem - though he did advise me of the rust problem that I already knew I had. So, he straightened out the rear panel, compounded some of the more serious rust-throughs, and took my $250 (he came in under the time estimate, and in compounding up the rusting, went beyond what we had spoken of for the basic job - so I gave him a bonus), and I'm back on the road. A little work that I can handle, and I can even get the lights working again (though I'm actually still legal). No claim to the insurance company (estimate turned out to match my deductable, so why hassle with paperwork?), so no rate hike on the insurance.
Well, I was wrong, and the Gateway techs were right. The power supply was sick. I had the machine back three days later, and it would have been only one day except that I didn't call my office to find out that they'd left a message saying come pick it up. So I picked it up, brought it home, put my drives back in, and copied the parts of my life that were temporarily moved to the laptop back to the Gateway, and all's right with the world. Or at least with the Gateway.

Let me preface this rant with a reminder to my readers that I'm in the United States, and am talking about the situation in the United States. What I say here absolutely shouldn't be assumed to apply to you if you're not a U.S. citizen.

One of the favorite pastimes in the United States seems to be arguing about politics ... [more rant] )

As if the business with the car wasn't aggravation enough.

I come home from work on Friday, having endured my annual required dose of ritual abuse (as contrasted with the normal abuse of the job) (annual review - came in "above standards" and got a recommendation for promotion), to find that my main computer has gone and hung solid. Read more... )

We won't go into why it took three days to process an order when I requested one-day. Read more... )

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