Thursday, August 28, 2008

Unsupportable Stupidity

I was cc'd on the following email conversation this morning:

Manager: Do the clinicians need to do anything other than turning the computer on and signing in?

Help Desk: No, I have set it up such that regardless of who logs on they should be able to open Citrix, log in, and use it as desired.

Manager: Thanks very much – can someone please write up step-by-step instructions so that Extended Hours staff in need will know how to use the desktops correctly? Thanks!

Umm, excuse me?? Step by step instructions??


For the record, this exchange was prompted by the manager attempting to turn on a desk top PC . She pressed the power button on the monitor several times. When this failed to boot up the computer, she freaked out.

Thankfully I did not have to respond to this request. I probably would have been fired.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Figures, don't it?

I called in sick to work yesterday when I was not indeed sick. I believe in the importance of the occasional mental health day, and of course I'm often called upon to stay home with a sick child.

Now, it's a little after 10, I'm tired as hell, my eyes are itching and I've been sneezing all evening. Top that off with a scratchy throat.

Guess I'm going to have to ride this out and hope it's just allergies.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Show some love for Hallmark

It would appear that the good folks at Hallmark have begun selling greeting cards for same sex marriage. While this may appear to be forward thinking and inclusive, the some what less good folks at the American Family Association think differently.

They've gone to the trouble to set up a website where you can send an email to the Chairman of Hallmark expressing your disgust.

Funny thing is, you can edit the text of the email. What's to say one doesn't instead send an email of support? Eh?

Click here and turn the hate around.

[Note] You might want to just cut and paste the email address rather than using the AFA page. I got me some email from them this morning.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Little Man

So, last night I experimented with the slide show maker that comes with the Nero software. It was fairly easy to use, but I must admit the constant pop ups asking if I'd like to buy the updated version were annoying.

Please excuse the varied wipes and fades. I just wanted to get a feel for how they all looked, and by the time I was done burning it I was far too tired to go back and replace them. I did manage to get in one star wipe, though. So I got that going for me. Anyway, here's a tribute to the boy:

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Burn, baby, burn

I took advantage of the tax free weekend to finally replace my broken CD-ROM drive. I upgraded to a Sony DVDR drive. The install was fairly painless, and everything seems to be working. I burned a quickie CD, and it sounds fine.

I also purchased a plug in to convert VHS to DVD. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get that installed, dust off the VHS deck and dig out my old home videos. I'm guessing that'll keep me out of trouble and up late for a while.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Apparently the refrain of choice when nearly hit by lightening:

"Holy shit!"

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Oh, he's not going to... arghhh!!!

So, I'm driving through North Quincy today on my way to pick up my daughter. I was waiting at a red light, idly gazing around. I noticed some guy walking on the sidewalk. He didn't look homeless or crazy, just an average looking, middle aged black man. He drew my attention because he stopped short at a large rain puddle on the sidewalk. Suddenly, he got down on all fours, and to my abject horror began drinking from the puddle. DRINKING!!!! I was stunned. I jest not when I say he was lapping that shit up! I was actually too shocked to grab the camera sitting in my laptop bag.

I have no earthly idea what would cause a man to drink rain water out of a sidewalk puddle. Some sort of mental illness is surely to blame.

Just another day.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Coincidence or conspiracy? You be the judge

A hep cat named Sal pointed this out to me today, and I must admit the resemblance is a tad uncanny:

The CW Network logo

While I'm not usually inclined to buy into conspiracy theories, I do offer this in support of the theory. You've been warned.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Screw you, high bidder!

All week I've been watching an auction on eBay for this original Burma Shave sign:

It was at $10 until this evening. With a few hours to go, it jumped up to $35. I sat on it until the last 39 seconds, and ended up getting out bidded at $65.

Fuck, I really wanted that. It's been a while since I caught the auction fever, so now I'm all riled up. I guess I'll have to make due with the knowledge that the asshole who got it ended up paying a lot more because of me.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mosaic meme

Oh, and it's click-o-riffic!

So, I found this on Mycalls blog, and thought it would be fun. Of course, he has a nice actual mosaic showing on his page. Me, I just don't feel like joining Flikr today. So my meme, you gots to click the link to see the picture. Here's the rules:
1. Type your answer to each of the questions below the mosaic into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page of results, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name? Christopher,
2. What is your favourite food? "What? Oh, not much, hanging out, eating some pizza...",
3. What school did you go to? Salmacis,
4.What is your favourite colour? water droplets in the shower - o.k. bokeh,
5.Who is your celebrity crush? Come for the celebrities,
6.Favourite drink? Mmmm, there's more in here....,
7.Dream vacation? Reminder to Self: Slow Down on the Caffeine,
8.Favourite dessert? angry CIA killer,
9.What you want to be when you grow up? The Snuff Film,
10.What do you love most in life? An old Killarney home,
11.One Word to describe you? DEEP SEA HARDHAT DIVER #8 "NO EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH",
12.Your nickname? The Power of Blood (2nd in a series)

My answers? (highlight)
1. Christopher
2. Pizza
3. Mount Ida
4. Blue
5. Katee Sackoff
6. Sam Adams
7. Tropical island
8. Tapioca
9. Content
10. Kerry
11. Eclectic
12. Schultzy

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Sweet smelly tongue goodness!

So, yeah... HAPPY DAY!! Tickets went on sale today for The resident's Bunny Boy show at Foxboro.

Tickets have been purchased, and we'll be soaking up some eyeball goodness on October 12th.


Saturday, August 02, 2008

Open post to the drop ins:

Sorry, guys. I have no information about Wall E stuffed animals. If there are any, I'd like one.