dolphins_log: (It's to laugh kia)

I'm slowly working on shifting over to a new Laptop.
Typographer and miertam found a great used laptop and bought it for me for a late birthday present.  I've got great friends!
It's an Inspiron, which is the great great great great ad-infinitem dependent to my Inspiron 1000 that I got in 2004, so you can see how far behind I fell.
So far so good, though I'm working a bit with Windows Defender.  I need to install AVG.  From what I understand so far, Windows Defender is integrated with Windows and cannot be deleted.  It can be turned off though, which is important as AVG and WD will argue with each other.  I'm waiting for confirmation on that.
Meanwhile I've installed my Photoshop CS program.  That wouldn't fit on my old machine.  Sweet!
It will take a few days of use to figure out what all I need to transfer.

dolphins_log: (Point Bonita)
I'm drinking Black Onyx coffee.  Tastes like I'm on vacation.  Not like I'm at a convention though, that would be Boyds, Denney's Bestest Brew.  No, Black Onyx tastes like I'm outside a pastry shop, on a boardwalk, under an umbrella, by the ocean.   ...and I know where Paraguay is.

Today can be called "Anticipatory".  I drove to work in the daylight.  Saturday starts work an hour later then the other days of the week.  The sun was out.  Definitely the days are getting longer. 
My car works, so there are no worries.  It feels good to drive with a healthy car.
Four hours of work, then a return.  Juli had removed all of the Amaryllises from the Kitchen Window box.  As soon as I saw the light coming in I had to agree with her.  Even though the Amaryllises are 20 years old, they have to go.  ...or they need a new location.  We don't have many super sunny places inside the house.  I saw once were  Ciscoe planted a 1 year old Amaryllis outside, just to see what would happen.  I never found out.  That may be the way we go though. 

Tomorrow the Outdoor lights come down.  I might get some winter gardening in.  There is some work to do on the garden beds that will make Summer work a little easier.  I've got more work to do on the C.A.J. website some more.  I need to get the art room workable.  So I've got lots of things that need my attention, and the energy to do it all.
The weight
dolphins_log: (Edward Watching You)
Juli had to get up at 3AM in order to be at work at 4 to conduct the tag sweeper crews working the merchandise before the inventory counters.  The problem is that coffee shops don't open until 5.

So on my way to my mechanic at 7 I stopped by her store and dropped of a 20 once Latte.

The mechanic...  Well, my "check engine" light has been on for the past week.  Previously when that occurred my mechanic said it was the [insert Charlie Brown adult trumpet here], an expensive and unnecessary repair, but this time I just wanted to be sure.  Turns out I needed new spark plugs.  That would explain the drop in gas mileage this last month too.

On the way home I stopped at Barnes & Noble and found a couple of books out.  Both were by authors that I read and one i did not expect.

The rest of the afternoon was bill paying and working on getting the C. Alan Johnson Company Website back up and running.

Tonight... Baked Potato.
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Today Juli and I went out to breakfast at FPH.  It just felt like a day to have pancakes and eggs.  When ever I do this though, I feel like I'm at a convention.  Maybe it has something to do with the bad coffee.  Still, the Swedish Pancakes with Loganberry's butter was very good!

I turned to in the yard right after.  It was still overcast and sprinkling a little, even though it was warm.  Perfect weather for weeding.  I cleared out two garden beds.  I'm beyond beginning to think that I should have kept that yard waste bin that was accidentally delivered to me.  The compost pile [ [profile] dehd  calls it a snot pile] is getting too big again. 

I burned out just as the sun started to come out.  Juli had been watching reruns of "Deadliest Catch" about crab fishing in the Bering Sea.  I stopped to watch a bit.  My brother says he and the other fisherman up in Kodiak claim it's all staged.   Yeah....  no.

I updated the CAJ website, or at least tried to.  I haven't turned on the CAJ computer for about a month and a half.  There were a few emails, a couple of praises and two wanting to know where they could sell their figurines.  "Sorry, can't help you."   While the website is prepared to be updated it is refusing my password.  I have a call into Telebyte tech support.  I missed their last call back because I went to cook dinner.

DInner!  Juli's sister-in-law  caught some salmon a while ago.  At Christmas we had some for dinner at the family gathering.  Jeff, Juli's brother, gave us a couple of fillets that have been in the freezer ever since.  I pulled one out yesterday and pan fried it with some seasonings.  It was a seasoning kit that I bought at Freddie's.  IT was a bit Cajun, but not overpowering.   We have one more fillet that I want to try [personal profile] typographer 's recipe on.

I called Telebyte back.  The fault was mine.   One more letter in the user name then I needed.

[profile] julesong has been helping me out a little in SL.  My character has changed a great deal.  I like where she's going.

Back to work tomorrow.


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I prepared to escape to the Seattle side right after work.  Saturday I only have a four hour shift, so rather than backtracking home and then going to Seattle [an additional 36 miles with gas prices today] I chose to drive an additional 15 miles and bug [personal profile] miko2  for a few hours.

He showed me a few things I didn't know about Second Life.  I'm still such a noob.  miko2 has an exercise regimen, so I joined him on his walk.  It's a pretty good hike with a large hill and a very nice park.  We took about 45 minutes.
He showed me more of his online fun with City of Heroes and a little bit with his music broadcasting machine.  COOL!

Rather than take two cars I drove him to Ballard where wii were gathering prior to the movie.  He brought a CD that I want to get.  He told me he would e-mail me the name because I would likely forget what it was.  [and guess what?]  It's an artist who has made many Anime soundtracks but this album is independent of Anime and is in English.

When we arrived at [personal profile] typographer  and [profile] miertam 's it turned out wii were the last ones there.  They were all bowling on their  new Wii.  After they finished the game we all hiked out  about 10 blocks to the Chinese restaurant.  We were the only ones there it seemed, but we were a large group of 9.  [personal profile] typographer  and [profile] miertam  were very generous.  The food was very good!

[personal profile] geojlc  elected not to see the movie.  she isn't a movie go'er much.  I understand that.  My mother and sister are like that, and indeed, the movie was not [personal profile] geojlc  safe.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Chrystal Skulls was a great romp.  Of the 4 Indi films I would rate it the third best.  For an excellent review from   {Click Here}.  I think this review is almost spot on except for his complaint that  "The pursuit of knowledge equals death in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a theme which does not belong in a family movie."  Nonono.  The pursuit of knowledge can be an action adventure!!!   Death is merely a byproduct, and the good guys win.

Yes, the movie was great fun even with its LARGE plot holes and LARGE suspension [let's call it complete disregard] of belief.  There were a few of us who didn't like it.  They shall remain nameless [ [personal profile] zorkfox ].  But he had some good reasons.  They just weren't enough for me to not have fun.

In truth, this is a movie to see with a large group of friends, not by yourself.  Make it a party.

Afterward we all returned to the Ballard home base and played some more Wii.  [personal profile] miko2 created a Mii that was all goth girl and another that was supposed to be a terrorist.  [profile] bluesmancd created...??  Himself?  I was getting tired.

I got home last night at 12:30.   All in all, a good Saturday.

Tired Man

May. 18th, 2008 09:12 pm
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Yesterday I managed to get a lot done.

Yes, there was the "up early and four hours of work".  I brought a change of clothes to work, like I did last time.  There's something pleasurable about getting out of the uniform and into jeans and a t-shirt, and mussing up my hair, all while still at the office.

I drove to Edmonds to examine my Mother-in-law's new computer and install her old hard drive as a slave.  While I couldn't recover her old email and browser info [a simple task that is slightly beyond my ken], I did manage to find her printer problems were a simple click of a button and her email problems were not hers but the problem of the person she was emailing.

After working on her machine for a while I drove down to [personal profile] typographer and [profile] miertam's fir writer's night.   I was early.  I came prepared though, and brought my laptop.  I wrote a bit of a scene with three improbable characters doing an intervention on a fourth who was probably the more stable of the four of them.

There was many presentations at writer's night.  yea!  There is usually one or two.  Things are goot.

Today I slept in until 10:30.  I suppose that was expected since I didn't get to bed until 1:30.    I worked out in the yard until 3 whacking down scotch broom and pulling weeds.  The Lithodora is Very Healthy!!!  THis is a good thing.

Juli wanted bbq hot dogs for dinner, so I dusted off the grill.   Which reminds me, I should bring it in before the rains come.  

Now I'm very tired.  I may go to bed early.

dolphins_log: (clock)

Wow!   This was a very full weekend.

Friday I spent the morning settling up the credit card bill and preparing the four rebates from the washer/dryer purchase.  At noon I got out and mowed the lawn.  That took some time as the back yard had gotten way outta control.   I've been spreading the lawn clippings from the tame lawn over the glacial till of a back yard and mowing over it all.  Now the tame grass has been seeding the glacial till and actually taking over the wild weeds.  But it's getting damn tall!

2:30 and I jumped into the car to run the mail to the P.O., make some banking transfers, and pay off the credit card.   Ouch!  The credit card had the washer/dryer on it and the Subaru repairs of the beginning of April.  Fortunately Bubba Bush's rebate showed up the same day and Juli got a huge bonus this year.  Needless to say, it's all gone.

I headed off to Seattle and Interconnections, where [profile] miertam works.  He had a computer set aside for my mother-in-law.   Her eMachine just died for no reason in particular.  I thought it might have been a power surge, but she has a decent surge protector.  I got to see miertam in his work element.  He works at a cool place!

I stayed at Interconnections until [profile] miertam was ready to leave and drove him home.  We waited a bit for [personal profile] typographer to get home and walked down to a great pizza and pasta restaurant that they knew of in Ballard.  I had a fantastic salmon pasta!  Yum!

Saturday I went to work first thing.  Took 21 calls and made great progress in picking up and completing [to use [personal profile] typographer's terminology] two of my 7  running chainsaw jobs.  After work I went straight to Edmonds to get Laurann's computer put together.  She wanted the setting to remain the same as the previous computer, complete with Norten Security Center installed.  Unfortunately she didn't remember if she ordered it online or through the mail.  After three hours of installing and uninstalling I finally found the original disk in the drawer next to the computer.  Yay!.  We next downloaded her camera images and discovered that one program [profile] miertam had loaded was a very efficient image viewer, much easier then Kodak EasyShare [which is far from easy by the way].  We got hung up with setting up her email, but I found everything I needed online.  She is very happy and not only thanks Juli and I but miertam as well. 

On the way home I stopped in Federal way to go to Barnes & Noble.  First I stopped at Petco and got Kaylee and River their first bag of Adult Kitty food.  While in the book store I first stopped at the coffee shop.   After ordering my coffee the fire alarm went off.  The Batista whipped out my coffee and then chased me out the door.  The entire strip mall had to be emptied.  No books for me!
I got home at 9:30 and watched the DVR of Dr. Who.

Sunday I spent  the day  in Rollingbay with my mom and dad.  I had a fuschia  for  mom  and  a  card.   I managed  to  make  some  changes  on her computer  so that its back to the setting she prefers.  She is suffering from the "Blue Screen of Death".  She's had Ken look at it and a computer friend of her's.  I suggested that she take it to a pro and pay for the service.  [not Geek Squad].  She has another friend who's career is computer repair. 

That was my weekend.
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Had 99 calls yesterday.   Wee.

I had a brief bit of time after I got home and before I crashed.   Chatted with [profile] julesong on lj for a bit.  She gave me some pointers.

dolphins_log: (Kid Keith)
Saturday I spent most of the day at work.  We stayed open for an extra 4 hours because of the Grand Opening of the H.O.T. lanes on Highway 167.

We got very few calls during those extra hours, but we did get slammed during the last 2 minutes.  One call was placed into the que at 4:49:42 PM, which I took at 5:03. 

After work I scrambled to change out of my work closes and drive up to Ballard.  I picked up to [profile] miertam and we drove to Renton to visit Fry's.  [profile] miertam had some ideas on how to make my computer work.  I returned the graphics card that I couldn't use for partial store credit and a large refund to may credit card.  Then we picked up a 430 watt power unit and some RAM. The power unit took up almost all of the store credit.  Now....  [profile] miertam was very generous and bought the RAM.   ...and treated me to a most splendid GEEK dinner of splendid sandwiches in a tech store  while surrounded by electronics, ...and Anime.

The memory and the power unit did the job.   The computer works great!  Yeay the Computer Wizard [profile] miertam!

Today Juli and I drove to Edmonds to deliver a Mom's Day present to her mother and have a look at her computer.   The power button wont light the demons inside the computer into activity.   We took it to Geek Squad where they tested it with another power unit.  Now power.  The Mother Board is dead.  Were guessing that a power surge jumped the tiny surge protector and bit the computer.

I've pulled out my old one Ghz machine and looked it over.   I think it may be just what she needs.  It's a little slower then what she had, but it's free.  She just emails, surfs and word processes.  So that may all work out.  Except the the hard drive is small and there may be very little RAM.

Sounds familiar.
dolphins_log: (Bill the Cat)
This morning I went directly to Fry's, about 40 miles away, to pick up a graphics card.  I got a nice GeForce 9600.  I had $75 in gift cards that I've collected over the years.  One from my parents and 2 from the gang.  [thanks guys!].  Then there is a $40 dollar rebate.  Score!

On the way back I stopped at the grocery store to pick up dinner supplied for a crock pot "Chicken, Fig, and Lemon" dinner.  I prepped that right away and got it cooking before I started working on the compute.  Sadly the card needs a PCI Express slot and I don't have one.   }}}sigh{{{.

I grabbed a duplicate Manga that I had accidentally bought two weeks ago and trekked off to Silverdale to check out Best Buy.  I picked up an okay PNY GeForce 7600, then stopped by Barnes & Noble to return the Manga.

When I got home and started to install the PNY I discovered that my power supply is 250 watts and I need a 300 watt power supply.  Fun.  I put it in anyway.  It's obviously better.  Lots of prrrrty pictures!

Dinner turned out GREAT.  Gonna save that one.

[profile] miertam just called and had some suggestions that we're going to look into next week.  Thanks guy!

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I had myself a bit of a d'oh moment yesterday.  I picked up a business tutorial to further my skills assets.  It was a cheap thing, about $30.  I dropped the disk into my CD drive and started the install....

About 40 minutes later I started to puzzle about why it was taking so long.   I picked up the box and looked over the hardware requirements.   This program requires a DVD drive.

Here's the d'oh.   


My computer doesn't have a DVD drive.   Don't you just love it when tech tells you it's out of date by slapping you in the face?  It's something I don't really think about as I don't buy programs that often.  So I don't bother to upgrade.  My computer plugs along doing what ever I ask it to do until I bring in something new.  This particular machine is a 1 Ghz Pentium III.  Come to think of it I should check to see how much Ram I have.  I don't even remember.  It might even be 64 meg. 

No, it's 512 meg.  Yeay.  Though I just figured out I bought this machine in 2000 or 2001.  Like I say... slow on the updates.  

Fortunately for me I have the CAJ co graphics computer in the art room that is more than up to the task.  Unfortunately it's sitting on brick and plank collegiate type of furniture and not a desk.   I'll have to take a day sometime and combine these two machines into one.  It'll be a chore, but that task I'm up to.
dolphins_log: (It's to laugh kia)
Today was both irritating and productive. It actually started off last night. I received a call from Home Depot at around 9 p.m. I was expecting a delivery of brick sometime today. They informed me that part of my order was not entered and that the entire order would be delayed until Friday. I had borrowed my father's truck so that I could be here when the brick arrived AND be able to go out to the quarry and get sand after the brick had arrived.

Scheduling isn't so tight now that I'm not working, though I am working with my folks to get their studio put to rights. I need to get that done and get the brick yard done before fall sets in. All of that needs to be done so that I can focus on myself and what I may do next with my Life.

Grump grump brick grump

Later last night my laptop started dying on a regular basis. The screen just goes black. [ profile] miertam suggested that, without a warranty it may be destined for scrap. Now it started looking more and more like that was its destiny. Being unemployed, I wouldn't feel right about buying a new one. I have the cash, a partial severance from work, but still, I need to be in the money saving mode. ...or more in the money saving mode then I normally am.


Wednesday begins )

Sand in my Teeth )

Sand Tech )

The Tech in the Dell )


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