" /> The Cerebral Dump: June 2005 Archives

« May 2005 | Main | July 2005 »

June 30, 2005

Arrow Our Cat

Late last night I gave Arrow (our cat) my Linux Voodoo Doll. He attacked it right away. Tore out it's eye, and now look at it. Here is a short movie of him playing with it.

And here is a short video of him shredding a paper towel ball. He LOVES doing this.

Update: I've gotten these files down smaller to .mov files, which are compatible to all browsers. Enjoy!

June 29, 2005

Modem Resets... Comcast Cable

Date(s) - # Of Modem Resets & Modem Shutting Down
(Not counting what's been happening over the past two weeks)
6/28/2005 - 3
6/29/2005 - 1
6/30/2005 - 1, but the throughput is horrible. I feel like I'm on a modem. The Comcast Escalated Tech is suppose to be here around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. *sighs* Update: The higher level tech was here did some testing, and said that there is an issue with our line. He thinks it's outside of the house with their equipment. Hmmm... I hope this gets fixed soon. Next tech due out is tomorrow, but we don't need to be here.
7/1/2005 - 3, I'm hoping this will be fixed by the time we get back. *sighs*
7/2 - 7/4 - Away for July 4th weekend. I posted from the in-laws.
7/5/2005 - 13, And the tech that was suppose to come out while we were gone has not come out yet. Called Comcast and there is another tech coming out again tomorrow morning.
7/6/2005 - No service, and the tech is late. Was suppose to be here at 9 a.m. It's 9:46 a.m. right now, and we have not received a call from Comcast. (Their policy is that they call before showing up at your door.) They showed up finally, and tested further, then just replaced our modem with one of theirs (temporary). We will be going out today to buy another modem.

Can anyone say... Shitty Service?

Note: Speeds are below ISDN speeds to modem speeds. Most of the time there is no bandwidth at all.

June 28, 2005

Comcast Cable Issues...

So, the tech came out again to check further to see what our bandwidth issue is. He said that he has called for a Senior Technician to come out to test our connection further, which will include hooking our modem up to his laptop and testing it. Then taking our modem and driving up the street to a different point (node or address), and testing the modem and speeds there. This will tell us where the issue is hopefully. Yeah riiiight... Today the modem has gone out and reset 3 times after the technician left. This is truly annoying.

OS X Update...

With iTunes 4.9, you can now browse and subscribe to podcasts from within the iTunes Music Store. Podcasts are frequently updated radio-style shows downloadable over the Internet. You can also transfer podcasts to iPod, for listening on the go.

AND...

iPod software update 2005-06-26 delivers iPod Software 1.2 for iPod with color display, iPod mini Software 1.4 for iPod mini and iPod Software 3.1 for iPod with Click Wheel
Integration with iTunes 4.9 for downloading and listening to podcasts

062705atera

062705atera_400x.jpg

June 27, 2005

062605btera

062605btera_400x.jpg
I submitted this one to my deviantart page.

June 26, 2005

062605atera

062605atera_edit.jpg

June 25, 2005

*shivers* Spider

There was a spider on my desk this morning just to the right of my hand sitting there looking at me. *gasp* I was "ok" till it moved at me, then it had to die. It was a little furry black one. No markings. At least no markings I could see. I'm afraid of spiders. :(

Tonight we are planning to go to this TV Preview that we have tickets for. It's a focus group for new TV shows, and TV Ads. We are going to be subjected to 2 hours of this stuff. I have no idea what they will be showing till we get there. Maybe I'll blog about it afterward.

- Throws on some Infected Mushroom to listen to.

Update: Well, we didn't go to the TV Preview. There was too much work, and whatnot. Ugh.

June 24, 2005

062405atera

062405atera_400x.jpg
berr kkkkk berrr berer

June 23, 2005

062305 and 062305b

062305b_400x.jpg

062305_400x.jpg

Jamming to Seether...

Spymac.com

They are having issues today...

"Warning: mysql_select_db(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL-Link resource in /root/DGhosting/classes/mysql.inc on line 49

Warning: mysql_query(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL-Link resource in /root/DGhosting/classes/mysql.inc on line 50
Can't create a new thread (errno 11). If you are not out of available memory, you can consult the manual for a possible OS-dependent bug"

Blog Template Edit...

I updated the banner graphic to a photograph I took of a sunset. It was getting too stagnant for me.

June 22, 2005

062205atera

062205atera_400x.jpg
Today's piece...

June 21, 2005

Music, and Work

Working working... Listening to music... I had to write an abuse complaint to an ISP today. This particular person keeps coming back disrupting rooms, and harassing users. I just don't understand why someone would spend any amount of their time doing this. It's like 'they' have nothing better to do with their time. A suggestion for those of you who feel you NEED to do this. Go take a walk outside or something. Get a hobby. Read a book. IMHO... Harassing users at a chat site saying how lame they are makes you a huge hypocrite.

Going to grab "Cursed" to watch, IF it's in at BlockBuster Video. BlockBuster now allows you to keep your rental for a full week now. However, there are still the people that keep the movies past the 7 days that wind up getting charged a late fee. These people are bold enough to think they shouldn't have to pay the late fee - and stand there wasting everyones time arguing with the clerk(s)? You deserve to get charged! Being so unthoughtful of others as to keep a movie for over 7 days.

On the way back from errands we stopped and purchased two glasses of lemonade that the kids here were selling. It was worth it for the kids. However, the lemonade *coughs* needs a bit of work. We spent $1 for two glasses.

Music Albums Listened To:
Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine
Tool - Aenima
Tool - Undertow
Rage Against The Machine - Evil Empire

More Family Stuff:
I called my Father yesterday, and he seems to be doing quite well. He was working in the yard when I called. And I heard everyone there yell for him. Hahaha. For fourth of July weekend he is heading up to his parents (my Grandparents) to install a new tile floor for their kitchen. Should be relatively easy for him since he's done it before. My father is a machinist. He actually showed me the big computer machines he works with on a daily basis punching in schematics, and making parts for construction companies and such. It's neat.

June 20, 2005

Family Stuff...

I called my Step Dad today to see how he was doing, and to wish him a Happy Father's Day. I found out that he recently got remarried, which is a bit odd considering he just got divorced late April early May. This was a bit disturbing for me to hear really. I'm still a bit put off by it. Now I really feel awkward. I'm going to have to call my brother soon to see what his thoughts are on this. I congratulated him anyway on his new marriage.

061805ctera

061805ctera400x.jpg
What to say...

June 18, 2005

Batman Begins

We went to see this yesterday... It was the best Batman movie EVER! I've seen them all.

June 17, 2005

Comcast... Troubles...

The tech showed up from Comcast Cable. Replacing all the cable, and put in new splitters in the basement. This increased the modems signal, but didn't really fix our bandwidth issue. Let's just say it's a little higher than the shitty speeds we have been getting over the past couple of days, but it's still not what we are paying for. Changing in and out the router and modem also did not fix the bandwidth issue.

Oh, and my gemini.netkungfu.org domains are down till I can update the DNS to the new cable IP.

Update: DNS, all fixed for now.

June 16, 2005

What A Long Long Day...

Got up early ran over to Starbucks for coffee. Then ran wife-y over to the clinic to have an ultrasound test done of her abdomen - Just a checkup. I watched and it was quite cool to see her insides on the screen. We then headed back home to pick up my cloths that I received over my birthday that were too small, or just not my style. Went to the mall for that, but now it's done. After that we ran to Best Buy to return a movie that we wound up buying the wrong version of. We wanted widescreen instead of the full screen version. THEN it was over to pickup some more cat food for little "Arrow Boy" (Our cat. My nickname for him :P), and some ear cleaning solution. Back home we drove to pickup Arrow for his 2 p. m. Vet. appointment. He needed his last baby booster shot, and a general checkup. He is now 3.4 pounds and a healthy, growing, little boy kitten. His last visit he weighed 2.9 pounds. And of course we received the "Awwww, he's so handsome!". LOL After that it was straight home for the end of day. I then made salads for food. And I just now finished up my administration work, and I'm damn tired. Time for beer and relaxation! Shortly I'm going to upload an mp3 file of Arrow playing with the ping pong ball in the bathtub. Hehehe

Here it is... Arrow - PingPong Bathtub

June 15, 2005

Our Cable Modem... And Arrow

So, we call Comcast Cable today to put in a tech call for our network here. We think the modem is dying or Comcast has some other network issue in our area that they are not admitting to. Seeing as the modem is sitting here in Ranging mode - I think it's the modem. It's well over two years old now, maybe three. The tech will not be here till Friday morning to debug any issues. It's back up for now.

Oh well. No work for me for the rest of the day. Time to work on finishing my DVD videos, listening to music, and reading. Maybe work on a new design.

Arrow last night late was playing with a ping pong ball in the bathtub. Yep! That's right! A ping pong ball in the bathtub. Just use the bathtub stopper to plug it up and let the ball rip. He was entertained for a VERY long time. And right now I hear the ping pong ball swirling around the tub as I type. Hahaha! It's equivalent to watching a good game of footy.

June 14, 2005

What A Day...

After finishing my Administrative work load for the day I started working on converting some MPEG video to VOB output for DVD burning. It's coming along "ok" I suppose. I'm still waiting for DVD Lab to convert my files to videots and audiots along with the menu system for burning. And thank god that my videos are under 4GB in size. Otherwise XP would have given me the finger. There are no errors yet, so I'm hoping I'm doing it right. This is a lot of work to do this on the PC, but the experience is worth it. I shall post an update when I'm able to burn to DVD and it works.

If I had an external case for my DVD burner I could be doing this all at once in iDVD, or even in Roxio without all this extra effort. All Praise Apple.

Update: Yah! I rock! My DVD conversion hard work payed off. I'm pumped to watch my created DVD now.

June 13, 2005

061305atera

061305atera400x.jpg
:)

Fractal1

Fractal1.jpg
Fractal anyone? Hehe...

I went and bought the new NIN album today, "With Teeth". I love supporting my favorite bands. And it's a good album. Also, I went and picked up my black and white printed photographs from BI today. There are quite a few really good pictures in it. I'm happy with the roll over all. However, I do wish that I hadn't forgotten my polarizer filter. It would have given me better detailed skies. It was bright out when I took the pictures. They came out well considering.

XP, Piece of Crap

Ok. So after buying a DVD burner for my PC (XP) system I find out the XP can not handle file sizes over 4GB in size. I'm guessing this has to do with XP and the FAT32 files system only seeing partition sizes smaller than 4GB, or is this a virtual memory cap? Guess I'll be purchasing an external case and using my iBOOK to burn DVDs.

June 12, 2005

060905btera

060905btera400x.jpg
Twitch... Twitch.

I Feel Like Crap...

Yeah, my nasty little Aunt came to visit. How I hate her. My friend Pamprin should be kicking in sometime soon.

On another note... I got my Memorex Dual Layer 16x DVD-R burner installed. And I've burned a test data DVD. Came out just fine. I'm happy with it so far.

June 11, 2005

060905atera

060905atera400x.jpg
I went to Best Buy today and spent most of my Gift Card my Mother sent me for my Birthday. Thanks Mom! All but about $30 of it. I wound up getting an internal DVD-R burner for my PC, which will be setup tomorrow sometime. And a new headset that is more durable (My other pair broke, but still worked). I'll be setting up the headset today for gaming. Yah! And I bought some extra DVD-R blank disks.

June 10, 2005

Afternoon At The Movies...

We went to see Madagascar today. I liked it. It was cute and funny. :)

I also called twice today to see if my black and white photographs came in. No luck. The guy at the shop said they are taking a little longer than usual. Grrrrr! Anyway, the next delivery in is Monday. I hope they come in.

June 9, 2005

060905amojo

060905amojo.jpg
Meh...

Arrow, Simply E VIL

Arrow_IMG_0897.jpg
Hehe...

060805atera

060805atera400x.jpg
Thinking. With my understanding of the right thing. When someone asks that you not speak to them any longer - one should respect that request.

June 8, 2005

Security Update 2005-006

Security Update 2005-006 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users.  This update includes the following components:
AFP Server, Bluetooth, CoreGraphics, Folder Permissions, launchd, LaunchServices, NFS, PHP, VPN
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website:

http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798

Yesterday, Great Clouds

cloudsIMG_0895.jpg

The clouds yesterday were great.

Too Hot Here...

060805tera.jpg

It's 90F outside, and I want to be further north right now.

060805btera400x.jpg
Above is an update for this design...

My OS X Desktop

This is my current desktop on my iBook. View image

June 7, 2005

060705b

060705b.jpg
I recieved my VANS Swirl's today. Oh, how they are damn comfy. I love them already.

June 6, 2005

Americas Army - UberChick

UberChick.png
I scored a perfect score of 40 on my marksmanship test in AA. :D This is my second account.

June 5, 2005

VANS

So, I went today and ordered myself a pair of VANS - Swirl's with birthday money I received from my Father and Grandparents. Yah! I can't wait to get them.

June 4, 2005

050405a

060405a_prev.jpg Jamming to Bad Religion.

Block Island, and Arrow

Sunset_IMG_0878.jpg Here is the last Block Island Sunset witnessed till August sometime.

Arrow_IMG_0879.jpg Here is little Arrow snuggling on Mommy's lap hugging her cell phone. Awwww.

Arrow_IMG_0880.jpg And here he's just giving himself a wee bath.

June 3, 2005

"Alone In The Dark"

We rented this movie to watch last night, and it was the worst movie I have seen in a while. Do not rent this piece of crap. The acting was horrible. The plot was horrible. It was just HORRIBLE.

TGIF, Yah!

I dropped off my black and white Tri-X film for developing at the local camera shop. I should get them back in a week or so. Meh! I can't wait. I'm like all excited.

I've uploaded a picture to my Photoblog as a teaser for what's to come for public viewing. Hope you enjoy it. Better ones are coming soon. Probably this evening sometime. But first I must export and resize them, which won't take too long.

I had one of my Arturo Fuente Rothchild cigars last evening, and it was damn tasty with my scotch. Mmmm...

I'm craving pizza... Ugh!

Little Arrow woke me up hacking at around 4 a.m. The little guy coughed up a huge hair ball. I don't know why they call them hair balls when they look like stomach turds. Anyway, I turned on the bathroom light and he was snuggled against the wall in what I call the 'bunny' position (with his paws under him) - Just staring at the hair ball. When I turned on the light he kept looking at it, then looking at me. So, I picked it up and flushed it. Then gave him pets, and talked to him in a nice calm voice. He then trotted in and jumped up on the bed to lay with Mommy for a bit. I'm guessing this is his first or second hair ball since birth. He looked traumatized about it. But now he's ok. Going to have to get him some hair ball remover (goopy stuff) to mix with his food. That way he will hopefully poop it out instead of puking it up. I don't know anyone that likes to puke do you? <-- rhetorical question.

June 2, 2005

Birthday Gifts Arrived

Gifts from my friend Kim. One is the "Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross", and the other is "Wicked City" a really good anime. Yah! *hoogs* Thank you so much! :D

First Day Back

And I'm updated on my workload. At the moment I'm backing up my photographs taken, and I'm exporting them to an iPhoto album viewable online. Family and friends have access to this. I will be putting up non personal pictures to my photoblog shortly in a day or two. The videos will take a few days more to convert for web.

I finally fixed AA 2.4.. It just needed a clean install. Yah! I'l be playing this tonight if there is no clan gaming going on.

June 1, 2005

I'm Back

Ugh. Our ferry reservation turned out to be for the 11:15 a.m. boat and not the 8:15 a.m. boat. We had breakfast at Ernie's a little diner there. Then we drove back to the house and camped out till it was time to head down to the ferry again. We hit A SHIT LOAD of traffic on the way home. It was unreal. I'm damn tired.