Stuff of the Day


*tap tap*

“This thing still work?”

I’ve been meaning to start posting at least some token trifle of the Day stuff again for a bit, because there are far too many amusing things in this world, and I find a desire to at least feel like I’m sharing them with others outside of Gtalk. I’ve however found myself rather busy and frustrated with work-related technical issues several times this week, so it’s taken me until today. A reddit post and its accompanying comment thread provided entirely too many amusing moments for me to let it drift by again. Also, I can annoy people on Facebook now too.

Link of the Day: Women: Why do you show cleavage if you don’t want men to look? Every girl gets a disgusted look when they catch me looking at what they’re displaying.

Spam of the Day: “Supersize your tomatoes with Tomato Giant”

Funny of the Day: Nikon camera ad . . . with Face Detection.

Pic of the Day: “Dude, is there something on my cheek?”

Quote of the Day: Billy Mays here!
Are you tired of not being allowed to look at breasts? Then I’ve got just the product for you! My exciting new product Bitch, please! You ain’t all that! will revolutionize your dating life.
The BPYAAT system will teach you such winning techniques as:
Does this rag smell like ether?
I have cancer and I don’t want to die a virgin.
No means yes.
And many more!
All this can be yours, for the low low price of three easy payments of braaaaaains!_Zombie_Billy_Mays_


No Stuff This Week

Been busy the last three days.  Today . . . meh.  News I’m not altogether happy about in the short term.

Nothing serious, don’t freak, just kind of a bummer.

So, not in the mood to write stuff.  Since it’s already Thursday, I decided, screw it.  I’ll just take the week off, other than the post on hacking Carrier for the Yahoo change.


Found my Phone

Found my phone at lunch.  It was wedged between my bed and the wall, turned off.  The last part isn’t too surprising to me.  LG enV2s have a nasty tendency of shutting themselves off, or “pocket dialing.”  Just in my jeans pocket, my phone will turn itself off all the bloody time.  It’s even added a new contact (the number 34, with like 4 or 5 random numbers as the phone number) before.

Supposedly, there’s a firmware update that helps with this, as it offers an option to change the way the phone locks and unlocks.  I can’t get that firmware upgrade here right now, of course (I’ve tried).  This is still Alltel land, I can’t get the firmware Over-The-Air, and there’s not a Verizon store for a Loooong way to take it into to get a manual upgrade done.


Random and Various Updates: Windy Dusty Edition

So, yeah, life and stuff.  Things have been going ‘OK’ for me.  Not great.  But, overall, not crappy.  This post may be a little disjointed, I’m pretty much more or less randomly spewing thought onto the keyboard.

Work is going well.  I like this job. It’s kept me really pretty busy the last couple of weeks solid.  I’ve not really had that much time to take for myself (also known as: goofing off), and when I have had some time for that, I’ve mostly spent it trying to amuse, inform, or educate myself online (Reddit is my friend here.  I barely even LOOK at Digg anymore).  Thus, I’ve not dedicated much time lately to trying to sit down and write anything.  Hell, I wanted to just sit down and fire off a quick post this morning to vent and feel better about almost getting killed (as well as having my time wasted) this morning on the way to work.  Then I did something silly and tried to “upgrade” WordPress, and it trashed things, and wasted half an hour of my time, and about 2o minutes of James’ time, fixing it.  Hell, I should really honestly know better, backups before upgrades are, ya know, a good idea for a reason.

I’m making an actual, conscious effort to try to use tags on this post.  That’s probably why there are so many.  I’ve been really bad, sucking, really, about using tags.  It’s a Web 2.0 thing that I’ve just so very rarely found useful; in counterpoint, though, the few places I’ve found them useful they were VERY useful.

I started on a low-carb diet yesterday.  Not quite exactly Atkins, though very heavily influenced by Atkins.  It got hard for a bit last night, but I got past it.  I expect to have a few more days where I’ll have periods of intense carb-craving.  I’m determined to stay strong and will my way through it.  There’s a lot of things I want to do, and pretty much everything in my life I think will be easier if I can get down closer to my ideal weight.  The whole feeling better about my body and self-image thing will certainly be nice (and should give me more confidence, of course), but having less weight on my body to lug around will make things like trying to do pull-ups on the Iron Gym I bought and haven’t gotten anywhere near my $30 worth out of yet.  Less weight to power around trying to walk/run/jog should make it easier for me to do those things too.  I’ve basically just bitten the bullet on the expense thing . . . it’s going to cost more, period, but my health and attitude are worth more to me than maybe another two week delay before I move into my own apartment.

Moving into a place of my own again is certainly something I very much want to do.  Just the feelings of independence, of not having my cat relegated to a small travel trailer, where she only gets attention from me one visit a day, where she can run and play and be happier (of course, needing to pay freaking $450 or so for pet fees/deposit is ludicrous), where I don’t have to drive anywhere near as far everyday, where I could, if I so desired/needed, bring a woman home . . . all good and needed things.  But I’m trying to be smarter about things, listen to my dad, save up extra money, Just In Case, before I jump into a lease and a large chunk of monthly expenses that will leave me with very little discretionary income.  Being able to game again on my own schedule, with regularity, have a constant cable modem connection, etc., all very appealing.  But, my dad and I are getting along ‘OK’ right now, though I still handle a lot of things as if walking on eggshells so as not to piss him off and upset that.  

I’ve really gotten into Twitter lately.  Been trying a couple of different clients for it, TweetDeck and blu, and neither does quite just what I want, but if I they could be combined, with another little feature or two added, they’d rock as the ultimate Windows Twitter client.  Corey suggested I write it myself.  Hah!  That’s not quite what I’m going to tackle as my first project getting back into programming.  I like TweetDeck more, but it crashes all the damn time.  blu is stable, but lacking.  I’ll be adding some kind of WordPress Twitter plugin to the site here when I find one I like well enough.

Well, that’s probably enough time wasted for now.  I need to get back to work, wrestling with Advanced Installer’s inadequate documentation and the limitations of .msi files until I can get them to submit to my will.


Site Layout hosed, temporarily

So, after I made my last post, and then tweeted it, I foolishly upgraded to WordPress 2.7.1 automatically.  Now, it’s hosed my layout.  Will get it fixed, sometime.

Edit: Wow.  25 minutes to get the idiocy fixed.  @hate WP 2.7.1 upgrade.  I really need to get with James sometime and rip this theme to bits and get things changed so that I can get it to work with the 3 column layout I want with dynamic width.


Finally, Tolerable Theme/Colors Again After WordPress 2.7 Upgrade

I upgraded the site’s blogging software, WordPress, to 2.7 last week. It broke some stuff I’d previously configured along the way, and I hated the colors. I tried some other themes, and just didn’t like much else. I’d gone through a lot of trouble to end up picking the K2 theme in the first place, and so I kept coming back to trying to get K2 to work again. Something with the WordPress Theme Generator theme I made (which didn’t quite work as I was trying to get it to work anyway) screwed things up, and made it so that every time I tried to change to another theme, it wouldn’t, and it’d stay with the Theme Generator theme.

Eventually, I just went for the blunt approach and deleted the bloody theme. Oh, THEN everything starting working properly. Now after some tweaking with the css a little (hastily, this thing’s master css is complicated) it’s got tolerable colors. Not the final ones, by any means, but it’s good enough to actually use now for a bit. As I texted to a friend today, I might actually start posting again now – rather than messing with the theme.


What’s old is new again.

Welcome again, to  This is still -very- rough, and is very much in progress.  The CMS, e107, is gone.  It was horribly overblown and far too complicated for what I really needed.  Using WordPress now, I might actually post here again.

I’ve only just barely begun to customize the theme here.  I’d like, in time, to get back to something at least vaguely resembling the of old.

None of the content, posts, comments, or anything like that of the last two revisions of the site are lost.  They’re all saved away on my hard drive, and I’ll soon make external backups of them as well.  I made some very basic attempts to import the e107 posts into WordPress, but it wasn’t working very well, so I just decided it wasn’t that important.  I don’t think there was much of merit that I had to say on any of those posts anyway.