Breathing Room

Work finally slowed down this week, and I am catching up on things (at work, I mean) that I had to put on the back burner for a while.

I am simultaenously trying to steel myself for another onslaught that is sure to come.

Haven’t been much with the blog this week, mostly due to visits and TV. I watched the third season of Arrested Development early in the week, and it is really unfortunate that that show was forced off the air. It was brilliantly hilarious, and they succeeded in sewing up all its loose ends down the stretch. If you haven’t seen this show, I definitely encourage you to take a look on DVD…

Michelle came up on Monday night and we watched Garden State. I think it is one of her new favorite movies. We also ordered out for Chinese, and Michelle had such a good time on the phone making the order, they almost hung up on her. You’ll have to ask her about that story.

Wednesday I was down in MKE, hooking up a desktop computer at Michelle’s, since her aging iBook is just not a practical computing solution any longer. I lent her a P-III 733 running Ubuntu. I think she’s going to adapt to this new OS very quickly. Michelle’s computing needs are fairly straightforward, and there doesn’t seem to be anything she does that Linux can’t handle. So it’s all good.

Last night, I hooked up with Devin at Peabody’s to watch the Brewers game. Not sure if it was a great game for the Crew, or a hopelessly shitty game for the Cards, but either way, it was a win. My favorite moment in the game was in (I believe) the 4th inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a grounder to first with 2 outs and nobody on. The St. Louis infield sort of lolly-gagged on the play, fully expecting the inning to be over, but little Tony shot up the line like a rocket and BEAT THE THROW. It was pretty awesome.

Don’t have much happening as far as “plans for the weekend,” so let me know what’s up.

Twin Cities be aware: I will be visiting in 2 weeks…

Soloshootsfirst: despising iTunes and all it stands for since 2003

I really have no idea why I did it, but I downloaded the new version of iTunes on my computer at work today. Honestly, the biggest reason was that I wanted to remind myself why I don’t use iTunes (typically, it’s the memory-sucking, vs. the relatively low consumption of Winamp).

But I loaded the modest collection of music that I’ve compiled on this computer into the ‘Library,’ and promptly didn’t like the way it was indexed (combined with the old list, and some things doubled-up for some reason, etc.). I decided I would flush it out and start over.

Well, I’ll have you know that iTunes 7 is a lying sack of shit. When I selected everything in my ‘Library’ and hit delete, it asked if I wanted to delete the files, noting that this command would only affect those that were in the ‘iTunes Music folder.’ I don’t keep anything in the iTunes music folder, so I said, “yeah, whatever, just empty the damn library.”

Apparently what iTunes considers to be the ‘iTunes music folder’ is ‘every folder on, in, attached to, or nearby this computer,’ because what it did is erase all those files, leaving me only with now-useless .m3u files, like a plate of breadcrumbs on my harddrive.


I might just bring the external hard drive back in to work to replace the items in question. One thing is certain, though: I am not letting iTunes anywhere near my music.

Don't Tell the Landlord

I had a guest this weekend. Michelle’s dog, Snoopy stayed over here while Michelle and her mom are having a weekend ‘vacation’ of sorts here in the Fox Valley…

Last night, I went out to dinner with Joe and April at the Gardenview in Oshkosh. They commented on how none of the other diners were under age 55, and that is certainly true when you visit the Gardenview. But the fish was decent.

After that, I went with them over to Scott and Tracy’s house (friends of theirs) and did a little troubleshooting on Scott’s new router/network. It was hard to do because he’s working with some really old hardware (and software). I don’t really remember how/why Windows 98 works at all… So I gave them an upgrade CD for Windows 2000, at least.

We had to come back to my house to meet Michelle, Mom, and the dog, and then Lorch came over, too. We hung around the house, threw the longest game of darts ever, and played Michelle’s “Table Topics” game. I guess it’s really not so much a game as it is a… what does Amazon call it here? Eh, it’s a set of cards with interesting questions on them, I guess. We had some fun talking about those things. And making fun of some of the questions.

Writing all these sentence fragments is OK, too.

I just got the email that said Milwaukee beat San Fran again, by scoring double-digit runs, again. I am really hoping that Geoff Jenkins has provided some schmuck of another team’s GM with enough of a glimmer of hope that they’d be willing to trade for him this off-season. God, I hope the Crew gets ANYTHING for that guy. It’s sad, but seriously– I’ve had a hard time believing they stuck with him this long.

I don’t remember if I mentioned this earlier in the week or not, but I set up a Linux box for Michelle to use until she can afford to get a new computer in the spring. I dressed it up to look like Mac OS so she would feel right at home. I liked it well enough that I did the same thing on mine.

I also watched Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back this evening– the original cuts, ripped from the laserdiscs. Snoopy enjoyed them as well and has decided to be Yoda for Halloween. I think the picture helped. I might end up getting those damn re-release DVDs, though, if they’ve cleaned up the negative, etc. I would definitely wait for them to go on ‘used’ sale at Hollywood or something.

Some Morning Observations

A couple things from my walk to work this morning:
1. The thing I’m looking forward to about this winter is having my car in a garage.
2. Why would anyone want to live less than 3 blocks from campus with a baby?
3. Dude– it’s not my fault you have to cut the grass when it’s 40 degrees out, so enough with the dirty looks.
4. Young female student gossips about a friend’s wardrobe choices while walking down the sidewalk in her pajamas.
5. Yeah, I sure do hope that WI manages to vote down the Gay Hatred Amendment in November…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I walked out the building today and I had to cinch up my jacket, what with a stiff breeze blowing across the campus.

I don’t know if it’s just the warm memories from college days past or what, but on days like this, the first couple that really feel like fall, I tend to want to be in our state’s capital, milling around state street and the surrounding territory.

I wonder if I could still get away with parking in the lot on Gorham…

The Bastards, and The Grinding and Whatnot

It seems to me that one of the things that makes this job so frustrating is that you try your best to explain things to people, to sincerely help folks out, and for whatever reason, despite your best efforts, they still just don’t get it.

You begin to doubt yourself on some level, because you try and try, but it still feels like you’re pounding your head against a brick wall. You start to look inward for your own failings, because theirs seem so complete and universal.

As a consequence, little victories (like a student successfully following your instructions on the first try) end up feeling like reason enough to pop open the champagne.

  • sighs*

Back to it…