December 2004


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Posted in Life on December 11th, 2004

Thanks to the Hero Generator, I now have a picture of myself worth posting!

The Cyberwolfe

Note the geek tool belt :)

Another fun Friday

Posted in Life on December 10th, 2004

Well, the weekend got off to a rather rocky start today, since Pook had gotten sick during the night. Of course, she hasn’t learned to sense these things yet and didn’t make it to the loo, so the first step this morning was to hit the carpet with cleaner. Then again after I got out of my shower, the poor dear.

So, I called in to class and took care of her here, since the EMC is currently sick and her husband can’t take care of the both of them on his own while working. Pook was feeling much better by lunchtime, but obviously tired – I’m betting she slept pretty lousily last night. She napped out at 3 or so on the way to the EMC’s to grab some more clothes for the weekend, and again once we got home. In fact, she’s still zonked on the couch as I type.

I didn’t manage to get much in the way of job hunting today – I napped out myself for an hour or so at 10am. I did manage to get an email off to one of the conselors at class who has an in with Clackamas county – that’s two so far, since BtFR knows the guys over at CC Sheriff’s Ofc. I have been directing just about every erg of energy I have into visualizing me getting this job – spent an hour or so today researching the laptops they use; I’ll be delving into the software over the weekend.

Now, I just have to find the homes of the hiring committee and plant subliminal messaging devices near their beds so I can whisper in their ears as they sleep. ;)

Nosy bastards, wot?

Posted in Life on December 7th, 2004

I’ll never understand why city, county and state job applications require such stupendous amounts of information. Today’s award for ridiculous requests goes to Clackamas County for saying “List ALL of your previous positions after the three most recent. Attach additional sheets if necessary.”

All? Excuse me? Do you really think that job I had mowing lawns when I was 10 really has any bearing on the position I’m applying for? Okay, maybe if I was going for Parks and Rec or something, but a computer tech? Cut me some slack here!

Personally, I can remember the names of the companies and what I did for them back to the beginning, but specifics like addresses and dates of employment are long gone from my memory. Frankly, some of them I would like to forget what I can remember of them.


Posted in Life on December 7th, 2004

Sorry for the lack of real content lately, folks, but I have been busy with some real-life concerns.

As I said, last week was spent in the job-search preparedness class out at PCC. this was an 8-hour-a-day thing that lasted all week. Not a complete waste of time, but I could have condensed the information I needed into a much smaller timeframe.

Now it’s back to the regular full-time job search, which I have been doing since way back in March. I’ve gone on a couple of interviews, but so have 3 million other IT guys, so it’s no real surprise that I haven’t been hired yet. It’s some tough competition out there right now, and employers are quite happy that right now they can get a guy with 4 times the qualifications they need for half the price.

When I’m not job-searching, I have been watching a lot of Stargate: SG-1 lately, since my girl works at the library and has been scoring us entire seasons on DVD. My regular watching habits were pretty hit-or-miss, so it’s nice to be able to see them all in order.

The only book I’ve had a cance to read lately was Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon. It’s the sequel to Trading in Danger, and both books are good quality space opera. The story follows Kylara Vatta, the daughter of a shipping conglomerate, through her life from being thrown out of the Space Force Academy and back into the corporate fold. Her first assignment goes haywire, and things pretty much get screwed from there. In the second book, things are getting more screwed, but she still manages to pull through – mostly by the skin of her teeth.

Unlike some other authors recently reviewed by Greyduck, Elizabeth Moon knows how to get her protagonists to do something stupid, and them beat them up for it.

Ok, back to the salt mines…


Posted in Geekery on December 7th, 2004

Y’know, there has been one really persistent comment spammer hitting me for the past few days, and I just don’t know what is more ridiculous: the fact that he continues, even though he has never successfully posted a comment, or the fact that the URL he puts in the comments doesn’t go anywhere. And he’s ostensibly posting for a flower-retailing website.

I mean, if it was cheap Viagra I could understand. But flowers? I think he’s smoking the wrong ones.

The fight goes on

Posted in Geekery on December 4th, 2004

It looks like I have been able to save myself some work.

Spam comments that get sent to moderation get deleted, but I still get notified of what they were, so I can adjust the rules as necessary to allow genuine comments. Go ahead and test it if you’d like. I dare ya.