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July 29, 2003

Content updates...

Barry's Birthday, Erik's Birthday, and Rex's Birthday pictures are up...

In the meantime for me, moving continues. I suspect I have just one car load left, but things are complicated by the fact that I still need to do two loads of laundry too... blah!

Ah, yes, can't forget the one picture from last night's "Brian Got a Job!" dinner at Curry House.

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July 26, 2003

Moving begins..

Blah... moving begins today, or that's the plan anyway. How depressing! =(

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July 25, 2003


Lots of things going on, moving apartments because of work, hanging out with friends, trying to squeeze in a trip back home before work starts, blah blah...

And lots of pictures to post, too. *sigh*

Oh yeah.

Ever have your brain tell you one thing, instinct the other, your heart a third thing, caution the fourth thing, and maybe just have some confusion thrown in for good measure?

I have so much crap going on right now that's what it feels like sometimes...


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July 18, 2003

Entry #500...

Ok, not really that impressive.

Some interesting links today from Randy, Pearl, and others:
$60,000 meal tab from CBS news. $60,500 on wine alone. Holy crap. Excess to the point of stupidity... truly incredible. As Randy put it, yeah, what is the point? I mean, other than to say, hey I just had a $500 sip of wine"?!?!

The Matrix in ASCII. I know, it's an old link, it's still good though.

Blockdeath. Lego blocks used to create scenes of death. Initially funny, then you realize how disturbing it is... happy lego blocks creating scenes of pain and death!

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July 16, 2003

Eeek! Accident in Santa Monica...

NBC4: Car runs into Santa Monica Farmer's market.

8 dead, 14 critically injured, 40+ injured. =( =( =( I can hear the ambulances rolling by my apartment now...

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Communication issues

Those of you who are finding my e-mail responses kind of slow, and those of you too lazy to use anything besides IM... my apologies. I've been a little busy lately... unfortunately it's not busy with anything important =( Just stuff that I've let myself fall behind in, and am only now catching up.

If you urgently need to reach me, call my cell, naturally... =P

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July 14, 2003

Life is crazy.

Currently playing: unity303 - Now Will Never Come Again (78:13 dj set)
Apt title... for now, change abounds in my life and the lives of many of my friends. Time at college ends and the real world approaches, in the meantime we sort life out as best we can and relish the time we have together. The last gasp of irresponsibility enabled through college life changes to the working world and the responsibilities of housing, food, health, friends, and family.

Change is always present in life; this transition contains more change in less time than any previous period in our lives for the vast majority of us. Now Will Never Come Again represents the experience of time, and it's especially true at this particular moment.

Rejection letters from City of Santa Barbara and City of Santa Monica on the positions I applied for there.
Pending on Premio, Electronic Arts, Rand McNally, and a dozen or so other places.
Really should get my butt in gear and get at least another 50 resumes out.

Dependent on work. Still not sure where I'm going to be living after the next 2 weeks.

Packing sucks.
All-nighters suck.
Been too busy lately.
A good busy though it may be, it's still a very busy busy.
By Friday things should calm down...
Good to see family.
Very good to see family, especially my great-grandmother.

Too much to do but for once enough time to do it in, the trouble is, you can't do everything all at once.
Priorities must develop, and (un)packing must continue...

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July 11, 2003

Computers suck

Asus A7N8X-DLX, Barton 2500, 2x512MB Samsung PC3200, Thermalright SLK-900U...

Sounds lovely in theory!!

Reality... had a MSI K7N2D-ILSR, found out at the last minute (after I had bought it!) before installation that it wouldn't fit the SLK-900U. Paid 20% more than I should have for the Asus that I wanted (had to buy retail, yuck!).

Installed Asus and the goodies, had weird 0MB drive errors and crap on my WinXP install despite the fresh format, even got some BSOD's (!). Removed a stick of RAM, cured the problem, thought I was good. Then inside WinXP, I can't execute files from my D: without severe system hangs. Read/write works better but still hangs on occasion. WTF?

Swap around RAM sticks and ram slots, then I start seeing BSOD's again. Start seeing "delayed write failure to D:" "delayed write failure to C:" "cannot write to file c:blah blah" and crap... Eventually my fresh Windows XP install ups and dies on me.

Pop in Memtest86 boot CD, test my ram for an hour, no errors? (what the hell? So is the ram good or not? I assume it's good for now)

I'm wondering if the A7N8X doesn't like my LSI Logic 21040 SCSI controller? I may pick up a new heatsink this weekend so I can try the MSI motherboard. I know either way, I'm going to be stuck returning stuff. =(

Oh, needless to say, when I stick my old XP1700 setup back in, everything worked perfectly. GRRR!

I'll screw around with this later. Too much crap to do, still have 500+ pictures to process and a job search to continue, plus packing/moving... argh!!!!

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July 10, 2003

Busy busy...

Ridiculously busy lately for someone who should be on vacation. At least it's lots of fun...

Be back in a few hours, assuming my computer continues to work...

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July 04, 2003

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! Things are still very busy over here... continual DSL and other technology SNAFU's too. sigh.

But that doesn't matter too much. HAPPY 4th OF JULY! Hope you all enjoy fireworks, and take a moment to think about how much we've all been through-- as individuals, as a nation, as our history, and how we've grown.

(cliche as hell, yes, but it does bear thinking about...)

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