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Interludes From IRC

Interludes From IRC

Last night I attempted to DVR the latest episode of Gilmore Girls. Much to my utter dismay the hard drive the computer was supposed to be recording to was completely full. Not exactly sure how that happened, but we have added a ton of music to it lately and I imagine deleting some of the older shows we had already watched may help a little.

“No problem,” says I, “I shall download the episode when it is released to the Internet later this evening.”

(A brief note to the MPAA and anyone else who might be thinking this is not legal. I only download shows I could have watched on our cable system and only when I don’t know they were on or the DVR/VCR doesn’t work. If the WB put it up with comercials on their website like the rest of the networks that are finally, if barely, beginning to understand the benefits of a new paradigm for media distribution, I would watch it there.) Oh… right… sorry. This is not a post on the refusal of Hollywood to change and adapt. I’ll write that some other time.

Anyway.

Back to my story.

I logged onto the site to watch for the file to get uploaded. After wearing out the F5 key, on what you may recall is a brand new keyboard, refreshing the screen I remembered that this site has an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel that will post a message automatically when a new show is uploaded. So I logged on.

As I’m sitting there with the chat channel open on one computer, and doing whatever it was I was doing on the other computer, this guy posts a message saying the church near his house has a billboard that has a different saying every week. This week’s saying, “Body piercings saved our lives.”

He said he had absolutely no idea what that meant, so I tried to tell him. He didn’t respond, but I thought that was kind of a cool message anyway, thus it is one of the two new taglines that will be randomized on this site.

The other is another message from that same billboard. “Stop, drop, and roll does not work in Hell.”

Later on, one of the other people in the channel regailed us with a couple of amusing stories from his career in technical support.

I had to fire a tech once after he spent 10 minutes trying to get a caller to follow directions. The caller had no idea what the tech was telling him to do, but when the tech began giving him instructions on unplugging and repacking the PC in the box it came in the caller followed those directions exactly. The tech then proceeded to instruct the caller to return the PC to the store and tell them he was to stupid to own one.

And.

I had spent over an hour on the phone with a man instructing him on something or other. When I was finished, he thanked me profusely and apppologized for being a difficult caller. I informed him that it was no trouble, it wasn’t like he was a brain surgeon, and that it was all part of my job. His response, “I’ve been a neuro surgeon for over 30 years.”

I just about fell out of my chair laughing when I read these. I would think he was making it up, but sadly, I know better.

And yes, I did get our show downloaded. Now if Treva would just get home from work so I could watch it :-).

New Laptop Keyboard

New Laptop Keyboard

I briefly ran home yesterday during a 10 hour server repair for a customer I was pleasently surprised to find a new laptop keyboard waiting on my doorstep.

I had called Dell on Tuesday to ask about getting a replacement for the doodad that previously held one of the keys on the board. I had to remove the key to clean something (lemonade… shhh) from the board and lost the piece. Dell said they couldn’t replace the piece, but they would, under warrenty, send me a new keyboard. Sweet.

Figuring on a 3-5 business day turn-around time I was amensely surprised to find it had arrived less than 24 hours later.

The installation process was fairly simple. Pop the hinge cover, remove 3 screws, pull the board, unplug the connector, unlock the clamp holding the ribbon cable in place, take the keyboard off and do it all in reverse. Dell also shipped a replacement palm rest, basically the entire top of the laptop around the keyboard, but that’s going back because i don’t need it and the process to replace it pretty much involves pulling everything apart and there was no way I was going to do that.

I only had to call tech support once because I was not quite sure how to get the clip unlocked and I wanted a tech on the line incase I irreparably damaged it :-).

It is so nice having a keyboard that is not sticky, loud, and most importantly not missing the ‘h’ key.

All this to say it was probably worth not being able to understand the techs I spoke with in order to resolve this issue. I tell people a lot that Dell has had some fairly iffy support issues lately, but I was impressed this time.

Welcome to 2007

Welcome to 2007

Fine. Technically 2007 started somewhere around 3 days ago, but I believe we have already established that I live in a cave and am semi-conscious most of the time so let’s just embrace the fact that I remembered the year had changed at all. Unlike last year when I had to change the dates on 3 checks from 2005 to 2006. A feat which would have been easier than changing a 6 to a 7. Although, I have managed to make an 8 look like a 2, so I suppose anything is possible.

But I digress.

We’re back from Wisconsin where we spent the week of Christmas. My family is doing well, and there’s the possibility my grandma is now reading this blog so, “Hi Nana.”

Got some cool stuff for Christmas and had a good time seeing my family again.

I will not for a second pretend the whole thing with my parents wasn’t incredibly strange… because it most assuredly was. Having to coordinate schedules and figure out when to do what with whom was nothing short of awkward. We were successfully able to see Mom almost every day we were there, so that was good.

I did miss our church though. VERY MUCH!

When we came back, I decided it was time to make the switch to a different web host. I didn’t like the fact that smodifying people’s e-mail accounts required me to send someone else an e-mail. I wanted tat control myself. I got a heck of a deal too. For $7 a month I get 200 GB of storage and 999 GB of transfer. That means we now have somewhere to store the podcast… once we record one.

I think that’s pretty much it. No news on the job front, but my uncle did help me touch up my resume again, so we’ll see if it makes a difference.

Oh yeah. I applied for classes at the local technical college. I figure I’ll finish out my AAS in Computer Information Systems and then explore the BS in Emergency Management. Both schools offer distance education classes you can do online, and I think I am going to go that route. I’ve always learned things better that way and traditional classes have a tendancy to bore me to tears. Hopefully at least one or two of the classes I’ve taken in the past will count for some sort of credits and I won’t have to start completely at the beginning.

I’m Still Around

I’m Still Around

Rachael asked if I was ever going to blog again. The short answer is yes… Eventually..

Life has either not seemed that interesting or I’ve been too annoyed with things to cohereantly blog. I’ll try and give a brief rundown of what’s ben going on.


  • The Saga Of My Attempt At A 9-1-1 Career

Ok, I’m sure I’ve talked about my desire to get a job as a telecommunicator with our local 9-1-1 center. Well, they finally posted the job description in early November and were opening the job to the public on the 13th. My friend who does the computer work for the agency thought we should try my screenreader on the CAD software just to see if it worked and how much scripting we might need done. This was a question I wanted answered as well.

We went into Dispatch and asked the director if he cared that we try it. He seemed mildly interested in it, so we went ahead and installed the software on a spare workstation. It actually worked pretty well. There would be the need to create a few prompts for unlabled edit fields and such, but nothing too substantial. At one point, while we were waiting for a set of speakers, I had a brief conversation with the Assistant Director who asked why I was interested in working for 9-1-1 and if I thought I could do calltaking or radio. I assured her I could handle both positions and that I didn’t see a problem doing any of the required tasks.

The Friday after that, I spent the night with 2rd shift and I thought it went well. It was a slow night, but I got to learn some things and who a few more people were.

I turned in my application the first day I could and waited to hear back…

December 6. Rumor told me the list of candidates they wanted called back for interviews had been turned into HR the previous friday. I decided to make a follow-up call to HR and see what the status of the position was. After playing phone tag with their office I was told the interviews had been conducted already.

I was, to say the least, not happy. Everyone I knew that worked there or was involved in the department was confident I would at least get an interview.

I’m still trying to find out why I didn’t. HR wasn’t able to tell me anything more than the basic criteria I used. I’ve got a call into the Director to find out what happened. Based on the position description, I can’t see how I wasn’t even qualified to get an interview.

I have been encouraged to persue this legally and I”m honestly not sure what I’m going to do. I’m pretty pissed and really want an explanation, but this county can be so backwards, unwilling to give people a chance, and political that it isn’t even funny.

  • More Employment Saga

Ok, maybe I posted about this, but I’m too lazy to go look, I got beat out for the job with the police/fire departments by… the Police Chief’s brother!!! ARGGHHH!!

Anyway, now I’m waiting to hear back from the hospital about an application I turned in for a second shift help desk position. I think if I don’t get this, I’m giving up and becoming a professional mattress tester.

  • Holidays

We spent the week of Thanksgiving at Treva’s parents’ place in Amish country. We had a good time, but I really wish at least one of the neighbors would get wireless so I could ‘borrow’ it and check my mail. :-).

Christmas will be spent in Wisconsin. We will be getting there on the 23rd and leaving the 29th. Make your appointment with my social secretary now.

  • Other Stuff

Homegroup has been going really well. (No, I’m not just saying that because you read this Rett.) It’s been good having it here and I love having a small group for study and discussion.

Hmmm, what else… Why does JAWS keep crashing while I write this post? Will I ever get my TV’s sound working so I don’t have to reset the mixer every time? Will I ever make enough money to hire a maid to clean my house?? I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned.

I’m sorry for the pathetic length of time between posts. I will try to do better.

I miss you all.

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Wow, that looks kind of depressing. It’s not as bad as it looks, I’m just feeling kind of blah about the whole job thing right now and I think that clouds my mood about everything else. I keep telling Treva not to define herself by her work and yet… I seem to be defining myself by my lack thereof. Psychoanalyze that. 🙂

Peaceout.

Job Hunt Update

Job Hunt Update

Hey.

No, I haven’t forgotten. I just have had little inspiration for writing (I do need to do a Birthday post, but that’ll be later).

So. I think the last time we talked I was waiting to hear back from City. I finally did. Here’s the deal.

I have to go in on October 24 and do a written test. If I do well on that, I take a hands-on test, and hopefully get called back for an interview. We’ll see how the test goes. I was expecting a big computer, A+ certification style exam, but when I talked to the Deputy Chief about accomodations, he told me to bring a reader, he made it sound like a 20 question no-big-deal test. He sadi he it’s just on things he thinks are important. So… okay… right.

That’s the excitement. I’ll write about Dad visiting and getting my second wedding ring later, but I need to go get the Taquitos (SP?) from the oven.

Later.

Following Up

Following Up

Yall, making follow-up phone calls about jobs is absolutely nerve racking when you have no idea what you’re supposed to be doing.

As previously discussed I submitted an application for a position with the City last week. Everything I’ve read says make a follow-up phone call, to show interest and see where the process is, in 7-10 days. So I figure okay, I want this job, I’d better figure out what the situation is.

Either I was sleeping, or they didn’t cover this (yes, I realize the order in which those appear, I assure you… it probably is relevant), the day they discussed to how to apply for a job in school, but I had no idea what I was supposed to say. Google, the electronic love of my life, once again saved my butt.

Anyway, armed with my new found knowledge, I call HR, HR transfers me to the Chief’s secretary, who… transfers me to the Chief.

AAAAHHHH!

Crap.

Um.

Don’t stutter.

Must. Not. Sound. Like. A. Moron.

I tell him who I am, that I’m calling to follow up on the IT job, and ask about scheduling, or when he expects to schedule, interviews for the position. He tells me they’ll be in touch next week.

Good. Not rejected yet.

ARGGGHHH. Hate waiting. Perseverence… right?

In other news. Homegroup is starting off to be awesome. I’m glad we’re doing this with a groupd of people who, for the most part, I already know and feel comfortable around. I’m horrible. no actually completely petrified, around new people. It takes me a while to get comfortable. And, even though I don’t always say much in discussion, having the chance to grow in faith with a close group of friends is an amazing opportunity that I’m thankful for.

Amusing

Amusing

Tom Reynolds from Random Acts of Reality had this to say today:

Only a short post today as I’m off filming for the Alan Yentob series ‘Imagine’.

I’m racing down the road on lights and sirens, there is a traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing so I have to slow down to avoid running over the
people who think that it is a good idea to run across the road in front of me.

Sitting, quite calmly, on the side of the road is a Guide dog for the blind. Amidst all these people running across the crossing, trusting that I’ll try
to miss them should they fall over in the middle of the road, the dog sits quietly and doesn’t make a move.

The dog has more sense than the people of Newham.

True as that may be, I kind of wonder where the dog’s owner was.

Also, in totally unrelated news, I forgot to sign the cover letter which went with the resume I turned into the City yesterday. I really, really, hope this is more of an “oops, kind of dumb thing” moment than a “this is going to completely kill your chance of ever getting this job” kind of mistake. I actually really want this IT job, not least of the reasons being I have been promised that should I obtain it I will never have to clean the house again. 🙂

Taxis

Taxis

If any of you want to make some money by driving me and/or Treva around, let’s talk. I’m willing to pay at least as much as I do for a cab, but I also like to use services as Uber or Lyft, and the help of services like Brooklyn Lyft Attorney in case accidents happen while using these services.

Seriously. Let’s talk. Cuz waiting an hour when you’re told 35 minutes, consistantly, is annoying.

Oh, and Mr. Cabdriverman, I hope you don’t get pulled over with that illegal scanner you’re running around with.

Better Than I Expected

Better Than I Expected

Well, things went better than i had thought today.

I talked with my business partner and am just going to work as a contractor for now. I am no longer part owner of the company.

I feel better. Much relieved and relaxed.

God was definitely helping me through it. Even though I was nervous and unsure of what to say.

And Treva totally rocks the cheese!