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February 10th, 2008
05:59 pm


Sorry 'bout the angst.
Yup.. they monitor call times. Argh. And they need to be under 7 minutes, and I've got serious trouble maintaining that. I am so not getting my contract renewed in April.

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February 2nd, 2008
09:15 pm


By the way...
You might have thought that in a techsupport job for an ISP (after all, the service is only useful to those with at least minimal computer skills) it would take longer than a couple of days to get the first call where you utter the words "It's that long horizontal key on the bottom of your keyboard".

You'd have been wrong.

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February 1st, 2008
05:48 pm


Gots me a job, these days.
Hi Guys (however many of you still happen to have me on Friends despite long, long inactivity). Long time no see, I know.

I've been feeling enough better over the past year or so that I've finally managed to hold down a regular job. It's only 4 hours a day, but that appears to be doable right now, without a major systems crash from my body. The job is, predictably, not exactly the Best Ever -- people tend to be a bit leery of hiring people with no formal qualifications *and* no experience *and* bad medical history. But it doesn't really matter -- by the summer at least the latter two will be mostly fixed, and when I have some more spare energy, I can make a start on rectifying the first.

So, if you happen to have an ADSL line with Tiscali/Telfort NL and you have technical problems, you might well end up talking to me. At great expense (it's not quite porn rates, but still) and after waiting for 10-15 minutes in a queue, of course, but that's all part of the fun.

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July 28th, 2007
01:32 pm


Explosion at Scaled Composites test site kills 3, injures 3 more
They're taken over by Northrop and what happens less than a week later?

Sad day for privately funded space thingies.

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01:05 pm


OOtP, Shrek 3, and other stuff.
I wanted to get out of the house yesterday, and I ended up at the local[1] Imax, showing the new Order of the Phoenix movie. Some notes:

- That IMAX theatre isn't nearly as spectacularly gigantic as the one in DC.
- the 3D effect was both unnecessary and made my head hurt.
- They made Cho be the one who revealed the DA to Umbridge (albeit under Veritaserum), and Harry disapproves. Strongly. Well, that's one way of tying up the romantic subplot.
- Speaking of romantic subplots -- for my money there was an awful lot of "Ginny shoots jealous pining look in Harry's direction" around.
- Anticlimactic: Forge and Gred leaving. Not nearly as cool as it could have been.
- I had some others, but I didn't bother to bring a notepad so I've forgotten them.

Shrek the third: Very meh. Had its moments, but not that many.

I went to the megastore nextdoor to the Imax and handled a Canon Ixus 850IS (that's a Canon 800IS Digital Elph to the americans, I believe) to see if it'd be a good replacement for my clearance-in-May-2000 digicam. Thing's positively *tiny*. Also went ahead and glanced at a Samsung 215TW which I'd thought would be a good one for my mother. No obvious flaws with that thing, either.

[1] For "3 cities over" values of local.

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July 22nd, 2007
10:07 pm


Yeah, *That* book.
My copy of which is now being read by someone else, so I decided I'd try and get an electronic reference copy. I do believe I am now in possession of two completely separate and different fanfic versions of the book, both of them in the same order of magnitude of length as the real thing.

What the *hell*, people.

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July 21st, 2007
08:13 pm


Yup, it was a book.
I'm guessing the series of pipes that is the internets will be ablaze in another couple of hours -- it's already starting.

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May 11th, 2007
01:00 am


Surprisingly still not dead.
Hi Guys.

I've been compeltely away from LJ for a couple of months now. I won't be attempting a full catchup, cause that just ain't gonna happen, and I suspect I may need to trim the read list down a bit if I don't want to get that sinking "oh my god I'll never catch up" feeling (which leads to staying away as a non-solution to the problem) too often. If I missed anything that you remember wanting me to see, feel free to drop me a line/comment.

Update on me: Not that much. I joined Distributed Proofreaders, which I think a fair few of you might enjoy. I recently decided enough was enough and bought a replacement for my now over a decade old 17" CRT from Iiyama (they obviously made sturdy stuff in those days..), and as of today I'm now looking at a 20" TFT made by Samsung which has 1600x1200 pixels in it. It's Big. At least for now, now I'm not yet used to it.

Also, my 3.5 year old computer is getting a major overhaul -- everything but the case and the hard drives is getting swapped out. The new one (for those who care) features, alongside the supershiny TFT:

  • Asus P5B-E Plus

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E4300

  • Scythe Ninja Rev B

  • Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300/C3 2x1GB kit

  • Asus 8500GT Silent 256M

  • Corsair 520HX modular power supply


The bits are in a temporary case, I get to find out if it boots tomorrow (because I'm just not up to it today). With a little bit of luck, with a littl' bit o' luck, it'll play nicely at higher-than-rated frequencies to give a speedy little machine.

Also today, one of the dividing fences between our yard and a neighbour's (6 foot high roughly, real dividers) has been torn down, and monday will bring a shiny new hardwood pretty one, instead of the old bodge job of half-demolished little walls and planters and rotting wood and.. blergh.

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February 21st, 2007
07:22 pm


Army doesn't like spousebeaters, they usually claim..
But check out one of the latest recruitment commercials for the dutch land army:

KL-EHBO (2.8 megs video in flash container)

"Does this hurt?"
"I fell."

[x] Suitable
[ ] unsuitable.

If the gender roles had been reversed, I don't think a TV station on earth would've aired them.

Current Mood: baffled

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February 19th, 2007
01:04 am


Surprisingly not dead yet
I have been *shamefully* neglecting y'all. Sorry about that. I probably won't manage to catch up, but I'll do my best.

Winter appears to a) have never arrived and b) be gone already, so no snow this year, looks like. Dammit.

My back is more or less back to normal, from something approaching near full blwon hernia status at some point a few weeks ago. No pain or loss of function in my legs, so presumably not a disc pressing on the spinal cord (thank god), but there sure was *something* seriously wrong, and it didn't feel like just regular backpain. This was "lie in your bed for a week with occasional pee- and eat-breaks" backpain. Even after that phase was over, sitting behind the computer wasn't really very doable for a while. Anyway. Glad that's over with.

I'll try and catch up on how y'all have been doing for the past couple of months later.

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