Friday, June 10th, 2005
3:25 pm - This and That  
This is me taking a break from reviewing and revising SOPs. Lately I've been very turnip-like at home, and work has been busy. Yesterday afternoon was spent reinstalling WinXP on a machine that had been hijacked. A good chunk of today was spent disinfecting another machine. Feh. In my perfect world, people who write adware get tied up and handed over to Angelus along with a pair of rusty tweezers.

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The air conditioning experiment progresses, which helps explain some of the turnipitude. The good news is that if you start the two air conditioners early on in the day, when the house is at a reasonable temperature, they will maintain a comfortable environment (mid-seventies, low humidity) on the first floor. What they won't do well is lower the temperature much if the interior of the house is already hot (although they will lower the humidity quite a bit). It's just too large and convoluted a space for the two units. I can live with that. It remains to be seen what all this is going to do to my electric bill.

I still haven't solved the problem of night time in the back room. This is nothing new. As long as the air conditioner is installed, the only way to be comfortable in there is to run it, even on coolish nights such as we've had this week, because I can't open the frelling window with the A/C installed. I'm trying to figure out some type of add-on that I could put above the A/C in the window opening that would allow me to get some ventilation at night. Must work on that this weekend. The only other option would be to get a Haier for the back room, since they don't monopolize the window. That's the expensive way that I'd prefer to avoid.

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The squeak in the back of the truck has returned, and I've noticed some roughness in accelerating at low speeds, almost as though the emergency brake is engaged. It isn't, I checked. The thing is, the good folks at the service center did check the rear brakes, and said they were fine. Something is amiss back there, but for the life of me, I can't figure out what. Maybe it's time to start looking for a new vehicle so that this can be someone else's problem.

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I managed to get a ticket to Serenity on the 23rd, which means I have to break my vow to never set foot in the Providence Place Mall. After noting the prices that tickets are being sold for on eBay, I'm kind of regretting not getting a few extra for resale. I gotta admit, I don't completely understand the mania that causes otherwise sensible people to pay that kind of bread for something that will be available to everybody in a couple of months. I was prepared to wait. The only reason I got my ticket was because of all the reminders and conversation about the tickets going on sale over at b.org.

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I didn't care much for The Inside pilot. There are just too many things about it that required suspension of disbelief. I'm prepared to suspend my disbelief for SF and fantasy shows, NSM for procedurals set in the present day. I'll watch a couple more episodes to give it a fair shot, mostly because it's Minear. If Tim wasn't involved, I'd totally be doing something else.

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The Dodgers take on the Twins tonight for the first time since the '65 Series. By coincidence, I just downloaded a copy of the 7th game of the '65 Series from mlb.com, so I'll have something to get me into the spirit of the thing before tonight's game kicks off.
 
 
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