30 Jan 2006

engineering rock stars

in deep thoughts, geekiness

Amy is gradually getting better. With that, life begins to get back to the normal routine. We watched a bit of TV Saturday night, and the anniversary of the Challenger disaster meant that the History Channel was running a lot of space-related programming. We watched part of a program we had both seen before about the Russian space program. I set up TiVo to record the next program, which was repeat of one I had somehow managed to miss. It was a 2-hour special based on Gene Kranz's book Failure Is Not An Option. The special is all about Mission Control at NASA from the beginning of the space program all the way through the Apollo missions. I was riveted. Read more »

22 Jan 2006

house health report

in Amy, life events/news

This has just not been our year so far. Not 2 weeks after I recover from the flu, Amy is now sick with some kind of virus (doctor says probably not flu, but symptoms are similar). For those that already know, she's doing okay. She's resting a lot, drinking plenty, and ibuprofen is keeping her fever and aches under control pretty well. I'm just hoping I don't pick this one up. After already missing a week of work, the last thing I need is to miss more. Anyway, the important thing is that she's doing okay.

In much less interesting news, I've also been dealing with a sick computer this weekend. It's a long story, but the gist is that somewhere during a major upgrade I did recently, a hardware or software bug crept in that was occasionally causing random corruptions when trying to read data from the hard drives holding the RAID array. After much head-scratching and trial and error, it looks as if replacing the controller card running those drives with a different (newer) model worked. I don't know if it's the Linux driver or the card itself at fault, but I really don't care any more. It's working! It's been pretty frustrating lately to not be able to trust the very mechanism I put in place to help guard against data loss.

09 Jan 2006

resolution: don't get sick next new year

in life events/news

Wow. I think I just found one of the most efficient ways to lose a week of your life: catch the flu. To be honest, once I went to the doctor and got meds, it's not like it was that uncomfortable, but I sure didn't do much other than sleep. That, and I drained the TiVo dry enough that I actually was starting to figure out when shows came on again. That's scary all by itself. :)

Thank you to those that called and checked on me. I'm much better now. More importantly, it looks like Amy dodged it altogether. It's one thing for me to take some sick time from work, but can you guys imagine if Amy had gotten sick the week before PHE? *shudder*

Oh, and the doctor said that the flu shot I got probably was useful. He was actually surprised how much kick I had left when I showed up at his office. So, yes, I will be getting the shot again next fall, thank you. :)

29 Dec 2005

another one added to the list

in brushes with celebrity

Amy and I were eating on our way back from Atlanta today when I noticed a minor commotion. Someone was bugging one of the other diners - apparently for an autograph and picture. It took me a second or two to recognize him (and IMDB to look up his name), but it was Wayne Knight. The poor guy was just trying to get some food, and he looked like he wasn't really in the mood to sign an autograph. Amy and I felt sorry for him.

However, I think this counts as another on my list of inconsequential brushes with celebrity. :) All the others so far have happened as part of my tech staff job at Dragon*Con. I once set up a fan to help keep James Doohan cool. Traci Lords spoke to some other people at my table at the awards banquet one year. I've personally handed microphones to Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Virginia Hey (got a "Thank you, darling!" for that last one). Finally, I inadvertently provided comedic assistance to Robert Picardo. :)

02 Nov 2005

Memory Meme

in memes, memories

This one is actually a bit scary. I'm not the kind of person who tends to accumulate true enemies, but there are certainly people out there who could relate some unpleasant memories.

Stolen from Joyce:

If you read this, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be either good or bad. I promise not to come after you with a spatula, either way. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.

I'm not going to put any explicit restrictions on what people post, but please be somewhat considerate of the other readers. :)