Friday, October 26, 2007

Microbrew Costs Force Prices Upwards

Uh oh...The cost of beer snobbery is about to go up.


I knew that hops, wheat, and barley production were down, but the rising price of fuel (think transportation costs) and glass are now also affecting craft brewers.


Darn...my hobbies keep getting more expensive.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mini-update on the Linux Experiment

Hard drives fail. It's a fact of life. This particular hard drive was 6 and a half years old. Just when a PC gets a new, and secure, lease on life with a free OS...

C'est la vie.

This might be an omen to recycle the really old hardware and buy a new, really cheap, tower, and start over.

Computers...tch...what a great way to waste time.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Coming Up For Air: A Response

I just had to respond to Brenda (and update various online readers, friends, and assorted lookey-loos).

Would it were so that a cute she-lass were the reason for my blog output dropping like a rock towards Davey Jones' Locker.

Work is a cruel mistress. Expecting you to, like, work, and stuff. Can barely read the headlines much less think blogthoughts about them. VMWare. Servers and server racks. Online Forum software for customers. I'd complain more, but it would sound more like bragging about how much fun work is. Yeah. Geek.

And friends! Hah, inviting me to baseball games, hockey games, and parties, and weddings, sheesh. It's almost as if they enjoy my company, or something.

Puh, and don't get me started on what happens at home. Open Linux OS...wow, it almost rivals Sudoku in wasting time. Almost anything that a person would normally do on a home computer simply doesn't work "right out of the box." I'm lucky that I could actually surf the internet on a browser with an included flash plugin (Thanks to Mozilla and Adobe for throwing a teeny-tiny bone to all the open source linux communities out there). Want to listen to some music? Here's a nice looking open source media player included in the OS install package. Oh, you want to actually play an mp3 file? Why didn't you say so? Yeah, about that...um, you gotta install the codec for that first. Why didn't the codec come with the player? Yeah...open source linux gets that question...a lot. Google "linux mp3", and you'll see what I'm talking about. It will come up again, and again, and again (why can't I play mpeg, xvid, divx, h264, ad infinitum). Some sort of legal mumbo jumbo related to Open Source licensing and bundling patented/protected properties. Add the complication of sharing files between my Windows XP machine (where the aforementioned mp3 files came from) and the linux box, and you begin to get an inkling of where all my free time went. Good thing I don't buy my music through ickTunes™ and use it as my media librarian, or else I would have had to burn my music to CD and transfer files that way. Yes, the Quince™ is evil.

Yes, yes, I hear you all shouting Geek!!!11!1!1!1 while pointedly jabbing your collective fingers at my virtual me. Don't forget all the anime and manga I still try to fit into my schedule, as well. I fell down the rabbit hole. Still haven't met Agent Smith, though.

Anyway, that's what going on with me, and still going on. I had mentioned, optimistically, that my schedule would lighten up around October-ish. Nup. The implementation projects at work are coming at me fast and furious, all so that the company can get some revenue on the books for 2007. I get that. And boy, do I ever get it. I'll drop in at teh Wheel occasionally. And the bro generally knows what's up with me, if you want to ask him. I'm in a genuinely good mood, if a little frazzled. That's alright. I haven't abandoned you. And thanks for stopping by.