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January 27th, 2010
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Catching Up With Yesterday's Future
I had to take a break from the project I'm working on, and quickly have a look at the latest hoopla over Apple's new tablet computer / giant iPod announced today.

I have to say the 'iPad' looks pretty neat, and is not priced too badly for something new from Apple!

My main thought was that it reminds me of that portable flat screen device (newspad) from 2001 A Space Odyssey, on which they read their newspapers and watch videos.



I'm not going to be rushing out to buy one, but it's going on my wish list!

Ah, well, back to tasks at hand.

Current Location: United States, Colorado, Lakewood
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Current Music: techno
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June 10th, 2009
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Hmph!
A note to manufacturers of soaps, deodorants, and such: I do not wish to smell "extreme", I wish to smell clean!

Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Enya, "May it be"
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June 8th, 2009
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Sketching
sketch0906bison
I posted some sketches on flickr from my sketchbook I took to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: Decemberists
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May 28th, 2009
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One of my projects!
I had a busy day, yesterday. One thing I had to do was re-create the website at our personal domain, www.mythicsage.com, due to a mess-up from our hosting company (godaddy.com - we will probably drop them when our contract is up and go for a more reliable hosting company, but we have a multi-year deal, so not just yet).

Anyway, I have re-loaded a bunch of files, but I'm sure there is stuff that doesn't link or is missing or in the wrong place. Feel free to browse it and let me know what you think, and tell me if there are any big problems,

Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Mah-na Mah-na

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March 20th, 2009
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Making a go in this Economy
If you or anyone you know needs web-design or any kind of graphic or commercial design, I'm trying to start my own freelance business (yes, while I'm also trying to find a job working for someone else, doing just about anything that will put food on the table). I can probably set you up with introductory pricing specials.

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November 17th, 2008
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About the Election
I realize I have not yet posted about the big election a couple of weeks ago. I was relieved and pleased at the presidential results. I'm glad the people of the USA decided to elect a smart man this time. A giant leap for Geek-Americans? We can but hope so! I can stop feeling embarrassed to be an American.

Still, the news wasn't all good. I can't understand people who said they voted for California's Proposition 8 because they were afraid homosexuals were "devaluing marriage" - how the heck can other people devalue your marriage? I'll tell you what devalues marriage: making it illegal, that's what.

Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Current Music: Kate Rusby
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November 10th, 2008
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And Sick
After being ill for about a week, I went to the doctor this weekend, and they've got me on antibiotics, but I still feel like crap. I'm sure stress is a contributing factor.

Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: "It Sucks to be Me" from Avenue Q

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Unemployed
Friday was my final day at my job. To make a long story short, the company did an audit and found out they were not in compliance with their policy on contractors. Me and several other contractors had been on for longer than the policy allowed, so they had to let them all go. There was a few weeks notice, but not enough to line up something else (especially given how freakishly busy Cece and I have been lately).

Updating the resume and contacts, looking at options, and wishing this hadn't happened when the economy was going down the tubes.

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April 1st, 2008
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Happy New Year!
Have fun, all!

Current Music: Chant

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March 29th, 2008
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Gaming Group

I have to get ready to host a somewhat informal event at our house this next Tuesday. The gaming group I belong to meets every-other Tuesday at the house of whichever group member wants to host. We pass around the privilege (or duty) of GM/Storyteller and use various different systems (Dungeons & Dragon, GURPS, Over the Edge, Amber Diceless, and so on) and play card games and board games between different games or when the GM is ill. It is my turn to be up as the GM, and There will be board and card games, and we are starting on character creation for my campaign, which will be a GURPS game in the modern urban fantasy / magical realism genre. game setting here, if you're interestedCollapse )

The last game I ran in this setting was "The Con Game" (set at a Science-Fiction Convention), and my new one is tentatively titled "The Curious Case of Doctor MacGuffin"...

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March 28th, 2008
03:33 pm
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Yes, I know, I haven't updated for a while
I have a new tool/toy...

peek hereCollapse )

So, I may be posting more often in the future.

Current Location: Lakewood, CO
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Unlabeled Celtic music
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January 7th, 2008
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It's that time again...

OK, I meant to post something about this last week, but I came down with the "creeping crud" virus that's been going around. I'm starting to feel better, so on with the announcements...

Thor's
Unbirthday Party

Friday, the 18th of January
7pm 'til Midnight or so
at Thor & Cece's house

In previous years, I've done tropical themes (Luau, Caribbean Pirates) as an escape from winter. Now it's time for something different. Something seasonally appropriate.

This year, the theme for my Unbirthday Party is

Winter Wonderland

We will be celebrating the cold season and such winter things as:

  • Hot Mulled Cider
  • Eggnog
  • Candles
  • Fruitcake
  • Storytelling
  • Evergreens
  • Snowflakes
  • Hot Tea

I like fruitcake (the good kind, not the doorstop kind) so that will be my Unbirthday Cake. We will have another kind of cake available for those who have been traumatized by fruitcake in their past. We will provide some appetizers, mulled cider, eggnog, and of course, tea & coffee. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

In the tradition of most winter festivals, we will light some candles and share stories, sing songs, play games and have a snowflake contest. We might even get a chance to do snow angels and snowmen.

Gifts are not required at an Unbirthday Party!

Call or email for directions to our house or if you do not already have the address.

Snowflake Contest!

This was Cece's absolutely marvellous idea! Prizes will be awarded for best of show, biggest, smallest, most intricate, most stylized, most unique (we reserve rights to narrow/broaden the categories based on number of entries). We will have paper and scissors available along with some crafty accessories but feel free to make yours before hand and wow us with your entry

Please RSVP to me or Cece (mythicsagefire ) by Tuesday, Jan 15th. Thanks!

Current Location: Lakewood, CO
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December 11th, 2007
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Some cool links for my friends
Just a few links I've collected here and there: I had in mind specific people who would like them, but I'm posting them because I thought they would be interesting enough to share with my friends in general. So, everyone, feel free to check them out:

Cece (mythicsagefire ) might be especially interested in:
John (jwh2o ) in particular might be interested in::

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December 10th, 2007
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The Golden Compass Review (no spoilers)

The Golden Compass


A Reader's Perspective


Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is a rich and wonderful series of books. It has great stories, enchanting characters, and quite a bit of interesting philosophy. One of its major themes is that organized religion is bad for the soul.

The Golden Compass is the movie adaptation of the first book. Wary of controversy, the makers of the film version "toned down" the spiritual message by removing any reference to the tyrannical Magisterium being a religious organization. It didn't work; religious fundamentalist groups of various kinds have been calling for protests and boycotts. My hope is the film makers will realize the futility of the strategy and follow the source material more closely for the sequels.

The screenplay adaptation of the novel is a bit anemic, but the spectacular cast more than makes up for it. Some of the actors may look slightly different than described in the book, but they play the characters perfectly, and really get the spirit absolutely right. The special effects are very well done (as they should be, it is essential to the story).

I enjoyed the film a lot, and was enchanted by the performances. Dakota Blue Richards is excellent as Lyra, and the rest of the cast are really entertaining and believable as well. It's hard to single out favorites when everyone was so good, but I think I'll have to especially note that Ian McKellen and Sam Elliot are magical here. Go see it!

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December 5th, 2007
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Grandpa Joe
My dad called me this morning to let me know my grandfather had passed on overnight. He was 98 years old (or "almost 99" as he liked to say) and had only recently been in very poor health.

I feel fortunate that Cece and I had a chance to visit Grandpa Joe last month, taking some time off to go down to New Mexico for a weekend when we heard he wasn't well.



(A picture of myself, my grandfather, and my father, taken in November)

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November 2nd, 2007
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Ubuntu: Not for Everyone?
Linux is of course great for Hardcore geeks who love getting technical with their computers, but it I've also heard many stories of how it can be great for newbies as well. For example, a geek whose gran kept calling her to fix issues with her Windows system: tired of cleaning up viruses and spyware, or FUBAR'd settings and outdated security programs, she installed Ubuntu and installed all the extras her gran needed. She set it up for remote administration, but hasn't needed it because there haven't been any further issues, and Gran has been quite happy. Probably the people who would have most problems with Ubuntu are intermediate users who users who use Windows for very specific tasks, or whose jobs require specific or custom software.

Linux is not a direct replacement for Windows


How compatible are Linux applications to their Microsoft equivilents? Since most of the popular Windows programs are proprietary and closed-source, Linux developers have had to reinvent the wheel to a certain extent. Obviously, this can be dodgy, especially at the beginning, but things have been improving dramatically.

For example, early versions of Open Office were not as compatible with Microsoft Office, and sometimes the same doc file would look slightly different when opened in Open Office than when opened in MS Office. Newer versions are much better: I can't say you'll never have issues like that these days, just that I've not seen it. However, if you use a lot of advanced macros and functions, they might get messed up in translation. Adobe has never released Photoshop for Linux, the big application for graphics on Linux is GIMP. GIMP can do pretty much anything that Photoshop can, but because the interface is so radically different, figuring out how to do it is very frustrating for anyone used to Photoshop.

The big sticking-point is not actually business applications, but gaming. Game companies almost never make Linux versions of their big games. So, no Sims, Halo, Grand Theft Auto, Katamari Damacy or such. However, if you are into board games, card games, puzzles, and so-forth, there are plenty of those available (Ubuntu comes with Sudoku, Solitaire, and an Othello type game), and even arcade-quality type games made by independent developers.

Another possible solution is a program called WINE, which is a kind of emulator called a compatibility layer. I have to admit I'm not exactly clear on how it works, somehow it translates Windows program instructions into Linux instructions on-the-fly. It is a bit slower than native Windows, and not all programs will work with it, but it seems quite effective in many cases. Though it does seem a bit silly to switch to Linux only to start running Windows programs.

Stupid things I hear Linux fans say about Linux


"It's like Windows, but free!" No, as I said above, it is not just like Windows, but that's part of the point. Don't expect it to be the same, and you may find it's better in many ways.

"Everyone should use Linux because it has no virus and spyware issues." No issues is of course an exaggeration right now, but actually only a slight one. A properly-set-up system (like Ubuntu) is very secure, and almost no one writes viruses for Linux, but that's partly because so few people use it - if everyone had it, the malware programmers would be more likely to write nasty stuff to attack Linux. However, Linux does have a more secure system, and it would be harder for nasty programs to spread as quickly as they do on Windows.

"Ubuntu [or insert other distribution of choice here] comes with a bunch of handy applications when you install it, everything you need to get going right away, not just the OS." Yeah, but when Microsoft does that it's called 'bundling' and 'bloatware' and it's annoying. OK, there is actually a difference: The stuff that comes with a Windows machine is put there to get you to upgrade to a premium version or subscribe to a service, or the computer manufacturer was paid to include it to increase a software company's customer base numbers. Anyway, Ubuntu (and most other distros) don't come with everything you will ever need, due to disc space, and legal issues. For instance, 'codec' software for certain graphics formats and playing DVDs is proprietary or has other licencing issues so it isn't included with the OS installation; mind you, they make it easy for you to fetch and install it almost automatically yourself, so not a big deal, but that should be clearer up front.

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November 1st, 2007
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Ubuntu Experiences
When Ubuntu puts out a new release (every 6 months or so), it gets a release number, but it also has a "cute" code name while it's under development, and some people like to refer to it by the name instead of the number. So, Ubuntu 6.06 is "Dapper Drake", 6.10 was "Edgy Eft", 7.04 was "Feisty Fawn", and the new 7.10 is called "Gutsy Gibbon"

I played with the Ubuntu 6.06 Live-CD on our laptop & desktop computers, and it seemed to work pretty well, had no problems displaying, messing around with the example documents, or connecting to the Internet. Then this Spring, I installed version 6.10 on a used "tower" machine that my wife Cece brought from work (they replaced it because the floppy drive had stopped working). We didn't need anything that was stored on the computer, or have any reason to keep Windows on that machine (since we already have it on another working computer) so I chose the option for replacing windows instead of a "dual boot" system. The install went pretty smoothly, it asked me a few easy questions about my language, time zone, what kind of keyboard I was using, and what login I wanted to use, and copied a bunch of data from the CD to the hard drive; it took a while, but not too long, I'm guessing less than half an hour. Then the computer rebooted, and I was using Linux.

The look and feel is different from Windows or Mac, but not disorientingly so. By default, Ubuntu has an autumn color scheme: mostly browns and oranges (which I like), but a few clicks of the mouse can change to a blue or grey or purple theme (the interface is actually customizable right down to the icons and the little buttons which control the windows). What Windows users will notice fairly soon is that there is no Internet Explorer (always bundled for free with Windows) or Microsoft Office (usually bundled with Windows, but not free); Ubuntu comes with Firefox for web-browsing and Open Office suite for office documents.

This posed no problem for me, as I have been using those options on Windows for some time already. Most Windows users who are concerned about security have already switched to Firefox to avoid the viruses and spy-ware that Internet Explorer seems to attract. Open Office can read and save to the standard MS Office file formats like .doc documents, .xls spreadsheets, and .ppt presentations. Instead of Microsoft's Outlook, mail and scheduling are handled by a program called Evolution, which seems to be pretty capable. I also really liked their text editor (something like Notepad), GEdit, which could open multiple text documents in tabs.

Installing new programs was not complicated at all. Ubuntu has something they call "Synaptic Package Manager" which is a bit like the "Add or Remove Programs" control panel in Windows, but it can search the net for more programs and when you click on "install", it downloads and installs them for you (and you don't even have to reboot the computer afterward). Upgrades are easy, also: You are informed when upgrades (security patches, new versions, and so on) are available for not just the Operating System, but also the other programs you have installed, then you can have it all downloaded and put in place for you.

I felt that it worked well. I didn't try anything really advanced, it connected to the Internet with no problem, and I installed and upgraded programs, and I used it for homework as well as recreational surfing. It was easy to use with my school account, I linked to remote directories by SSH right from the desktop as virtual folders (OK, maybe that is kinda advanced, but they made it so easy it didn't seem that way). I didn't try hooking up a printer or scanner, though I did hook up my iPod. Personally, I enjoyed the experience, as opposed to Windows which I always felt made computer use seem more like a chore and annoyance. The only downside from my point of view had nothing to do with the system itself, the computer was in the basement because the machine had no wireless card and we didn't want to drill holes in the walls and floors of our rental house to run Ethernet cable.

About a week or two after installing, the system informed me that Ubuntu 7.04 was available, so I let it upgrade me to that version. It was really not much different from installing the minor upgrades (though it did need to reboot), talk about a smooth upgrade process! The new release had some improvements but nothing radically different, and didn't create problems. Alas, the computer itself died not long after, when the hard-drive stopped working (apparently, the floppy was not the machine's only problem).

When Ubuntu came out with the newest release (7.10, which promised some fairly major improvements) in mid-October, I decided I wanted to try again, because Cece had scored some more used machines from her work. Keep in mind that she works for a non-profit organization that can't always afford the latest technology, and frequently has to hold onto it for as long as possible. The first machine I tried couldn't boot because the hard-drive didn't work (it wouldn't boot from CD either). The next one I tried could boot up into windows, and the CD seemed to work, but it wouldn't boot from the CD (I did check the BIOS settings and they were all OK). I tried another one, but the display card may have been messed up because nothing would come up on the monitor. The last computer I tried seemed to work, it booted up into windows, and the CD drive worked, but when I tried booting off the CD it had a bunch of errors and froze up (note that the CD itself seems to be OK, it works in the other Windows machine, the one we can't reformat, and was able to run a self-check there). I think we may have the possibility of another computer or two that we might be able to try, so I'll not give up hope yet. I'd like to try setting up not just a desktop workstation, but also a server where we can keep all our music and photographic files to free up room on our other machines.

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October 23rd, 2007
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Relaxing Website
I sometimes go here for stress-relief from work/school...

http://www.lime.com/meditation_room (uses javascript & flash)

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October 22nd, 2007
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Ubuntu
OK, I mentioned Ubuntu before in my blog, but I didn't explain what Ubuntu is. Now it was not my intention to be cryptic, it was just because I was posting a quick update.

The Ubuntu philosophy


Before Ubuntu was the name of anything to do with computers it was already something probably more important, a philosophy of humanity.

How should you treat other people? In the days of Ancient Greece, Hippocrates said "Do no harm", and more recently Bill and Ted proclaimed that people must "Be excellent to each other", while Google's unofficial motto is "Don't be evil". The Wiccan Rede states "An it harm no one, do what thou wilt".

Yes, so far so good, but how do you put it into practice? And what do you mean by "harm" or "evil"? The Golden Rule makes an attempt to give some guidelines: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (as opposed to, say, doing as has been done to you). That's probably a good start, but insufficient to cover everything; for example, not everyone has the same likes and dislikes.

Ubuntu is a humanist philosophy from sub-Saharan Africa. The word is from Bantu, and has been translated as "humanity toward others" or "we are people because of other people". Ubuntu means we can consider ourselves as human only if we treat others as if they are also human, and is one of the founding principles of post-apartheid South Africa. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu speak of Ubuntu, and how it requires respect and hospitality to others. It explains why the investigation of apartheid-era crimes is called the "Truth and Reconciliation Commission", and why the new government didn't turn into a bloodbath of vengeance. It means there is a common bond between people, and while an individual can and should better themself, it should not come at the expense of the community. Ubuntu has been explained as "I am because you are", and "'My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours", and echoes of it can be heard in such sayings as "no man is an island" and "one tree cannot make a forest". The term is becoming more familiar to non-Africans, Bill Clinton used the term when addressing the Labour Party in England in 2006. It's not a cute "rule of thumb" slogan like the Golden Rule, but it is a valuable way of looking at life.

So what does this have to do with computers?


Ubuntu is a variety of Linux (a "distribution" as Linux geeks would say) made by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, and named after the philosophy. The goal of Ubuntu Linux is to be "Linux for Human Beings", by user-friendliness and ease of installation. It is also international (with support for many languages), free of charge, and free of restrictions. Linux is an alternative (to Windows and even Macintosh) operating system based on Unix. When Unix was first developed, it was a bit rough around the edges and for geeks only, but many volunteer developers have worked at it for a long time to make it much more universal. Linux fanatics will act like everyone must run Linux and it is the cure-all for everything, but this is just silly (I won't go into details in this post), though I think it should definitely be an option for everyone to consider, and a good alternative to what the big corporations want you to buy.

To run Ubuntu, you just put an Ubuntu CD into a computer and reboot. The machine comes up in Live CD mode, which means it's running Ubuntu off the CD and Windows is still there, just not running. It's a bit slow in Live CD mode but you can "test drive" it with no risks, and if you decide you like it, you can click on "install" to put it on your computer "for real". When you install it, it gives you the option of keeping Windows (what's called "Dual Boot" because when you reboot you can choose which operating system to use) or if you're sick of Microsoft you can wipe it out and have a 100% Ubuntu machine. Getting the CD is pretty easy: You can have it shipped to you for free (though it could take a few weeks), buy a CD and have it shipped ASAP, or if your computer has a CD burner you can download a disc image for free and make your own CD (the Ubuntu website gives instructions).

So, anyway, in future journals, I shall detail my experiences with Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Linux website

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October 18th, 2007
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Quick update
Currently downloading the Ubuntu install disk from BitTorrent...

I'll tell you later about how things go.

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October 17th, 2007
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Camera hack (+ MAKE!)
I've been fascinated with Make Magazine, a relatively new (a couple of years old) periodical that focuses on nifty do-it-yourself projects, put out by O'Rielly, the guys that make those great computer books with the woodcut pictures of animals on them. It's a bit pricey but seems to be worth it because it contains a lot of information. I really need to subscribe, but I haven't; though I do read Make Blog a lot.

Anyway, the blog recently linked to this nifty project, a camera stabilizer made from things you have around the house or could buy really cheap. I'm *so* going to try this.

PS: Oh, also, check out Craft Magazine, Make's sister publication, too!

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October 16th, 2007
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Baseball vs Football
I'm not really a sports fan, but I do admit to having more favorable feelings towards baseball than to other team sports, especially football. I think comedic genius George Carlin said it best, really.

George Carlin on Baseball and Football (listen to the audio if you can, just reading the words doesn't do justice to Carlin's delivery)

(OK, this is more posting than I thought I would in such a short time. Is it a trend or a coincidence?)

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So... Updating, Posting, Blogging, Journalling, What-have-you...
The new URL to access my journal directly is:
http://mythicsagecat.livejournal.com/

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I have been busy with school and work, and have not posted regularly. I missed blogging about plenty of things. Yet, I'm not sure how interesting anybody would find most things in my life; as far as work and school, suffice to say I am still doing both of them.

Still, I realize that I should probably keep in touch better. There are other things to post, such as interesting links (science fiction, webcomics and geek shopping are subjects I've covered in the past), reviews, and so on. Is anybody really interested in that kind of stuff? "Journal memes", too, though I try to only post those I find really interesting or amusing.

OK, so, to the blogging. My latest project at home was setting up a home network for our computers (newish laptop, used laptop, used desktop machine), and adding security. Previously, all the machines accessed the wireless router individually and didn't talk to each other, now they can access each other (except the used laptop, which still wants to be part of an office network - I'll get to that eventually).

So, what else? Hey, if you haven't checked out my flickr account lately, there are some fun pictures of the StarFest convention this Spring.

Oh, and congratulations to the Colorado Rockies for making it to the Baseball World Series.

Current Location: Work @ Downtown Denver
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October 15th, 2007
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Change of User Name from thor_cat to mythicsagecat
Hello, it's me again, yes, Thor is still alive.

I was at home today because I got sick, so I spent a bit of time attending to old projects, while I wasn't resting and recuperating. One thing I decided to do was try and catch up a bit on LJ, and I certainly have caught up a bit, it's been a while, and I haven't seen everything I wanted to. SO... If you posted something you think I should see, let me know, just in case I missed it!

Anyway, I've been considering changing my Livejournal user-name for a while, and I finally went ahead and did it.

MythicSageCat


mythicsagecat matches my wife's username, mythicsagefire , and matches my website, mythicsage.

Mythic is for stories and legends. Sage stands for wisdom, spice, and protection. And, the Cat is my totem and favorite animal.

More later, take care, all!
Thor

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October 9th, 2007
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My next project: I will install...

Ubuntu 7.10 - Coming soon

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May 16th, 2007
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The All-Musical Update
Cece and I have been taking voice/singing lessons for a while now: She because she is in a chorus, and me just for fun. Anyway, our voice teacher held a recital the other week where each of his students performed. I sang "What a Wonderful World" (made famous by Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong) and "Modern Major General" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance". I was a bit stressed out, not only for performing a demanding piece before an audience, but also because it was also the final week of School (though I think I ended up doing pretty well).

Speaking about it later, the subject turned to Tom Lehrer's parody of the Major General's Song, "The Elements". We talked about performing that for the next recital later this year, but I decided not to because it would be too similar. However, I did decide I should sing one of Tom Lehrer's pieces, I just have to decide which one.

What Tom Lehrer song do you think I should sing?

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May 2nd, 2007
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On the subject of the new job...
OK, lunch break is almost over, but just a quick note.

They allow Internet access here, but specifically prohibit webmail / outside email. If you email me, don't be surprised if I don't even read it 'til the evening (or even the next evening if things are busy).

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12:48 pm
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Thor Update
OK, just a quick update. It has been a while since I've posted what I've been up to. I'll start with work. A couple of the temp agencies I signed up with finally came through.

The important news is I started a new "long-term temporary" position last week. I'm working on team that's rolling out a new web interface for a large bank. The project could last a year or two. I will be signing customers up for the beta trial and doing technical support for those customers. Right now it's not quite ready yet, but we're going through the databases to put together a pool of customers for the first trial phase.

Anyway, before that, I had a short-term job sorting incoming mail for the state tax department. The pay wasn't great, but it beat nothing, and the hours were 4:00am to 12:30pm. Unfortunately, I came down with the stomach-flu (there seems to be a really bad one going around) during the second week and was out for a few days. Fortunately, I got well in time to start the new job at better pay and better hours.

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March 30th, 2007
11:22 am
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School update
Took two more exams this week. As far as I know, I did well.

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March 29th, 2007
07:36 pm
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Interesting Article
Just Something I wanted to save for myself, thought others might be interested. Slightly old, but a good editorial where Craig of Craigslist explains what Net Neutrality is all about.

Newmark: Keep the Internet neutral, fair and free - CNN.com
You, the consumer, should be able to choose which sites you want to visit without the telecommunications companies interfering.

I especially liked the metaphor of the pizza delivery service being messed with. :-)

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March 27th, 2007
09:25 pm
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Wee Icons
Caught this particular meme from mythicsagefire .
POWERED BY PUBLICONS.DE

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08:45 pm
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Another Reason Nimoy is Cooler Than Shatner
Yes, our favorite actor to portray a Vulcan is a man of many talents. He is a Fine Art photographer
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Check out his website at http://www.leonardnimoyphotography.com/

Leonard Nimoy will be at StarFest in Denver in April.

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March 13th, 2007
05:31 pm
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I dream of trivia puns
The other night, I had a dream that mythicsagefire and I were playing some kind of trivia game with changeling42 ... A question asked for the last name of Sesame Street's Elmo. The answer, according to my dream? "Enohpee".

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March 7th, 2007
05:10 pm
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Update
In case you were in suspense, or (more likely) just curious:

When I got my Database test back, I saw I had scored 89 points. However, when we reviewed the test in class, I found one of the answers was incorrectly marked as wrong, so I talked to the professor afterward to have it changed. I was a bit hesitant because it was only one question, but since 90 is frequently the dividing line between an A and a B, I decided it was worth it. Anyway, the question was worth 2 points so, my grade on that was changed to 91 points.

As for the temp assignment I was hoping for, I didn't hear anything for a while because the company who had the position was stringing the temp agency along while they found someone else in-house to fill it. Fortunately, another agency has a promising lead for me.

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February 26th, 2007
05:00 pm
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Tonight I find out how I did on last week's test in my database class.

I know I didn't have a clue on the first question, but the rest seemed OK. I finished before the rest of the class, which is either a very good or very bad sign.

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12:05 pm
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I should have said before
Thanks to all who answered my post asking for personal references in my job search.

I don't know if anyone will actually contact you, but I'm grateful to you for your willingness to be there.

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February 16th, 2007
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Have not updated the ol' journal for a while
Well, I haven't posted for a while for a few reasons...

I've been unemployed and looking for a job. So that takes up free time, and also is rather depressing, so frivolities like blogging seem unappealing. Well, the good news is one of the temp agencies I am with thinks they have a position for me that will actually let me use my creative and desktop-publishing skills. W00T! If they could only get confirmation back to me.

When I'm not looking for work, there is school. I am attending Metropolitan State College of Denver, working towards a Web Developer Certificate (and maybe a degree after that). This Semester, I am taking one evening class (CIS3060 Database Management Systems) and one online class (CIS3030 Business Web Page Development), a schedule designed to leave room for the job I've been looking for. The studying and homework also takes time, and I want to do well. So far I have an A on the homework for the web page class, but I hadn't had a test until today. For tests in online classes you have to go to a testing center on Campus (which makes sense, it's supposed to be a closed-book, no cheating situation). Anyhow, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I just took the test and I'm posting this entry from a computer lab at school. The test seemed pretty easy (other than some ambiguous wording on some questions) so I think I did pretty well. There hasn't been any homework yet in the database class (OK, yes there has, but it wasn't graded, go figure), and the test for that has been delayed 'til next week, so I'm still a bit nervous about that.

Speaking of depressing, the weather has been getting to me lately. How about a bit of sun for long enough to melt the Krismas snow, huh? Has somebody been pissing off the weather gods?

Well, I should head on home and get back away from the computer, get some housework done because I've been letting that slip,what with everything-and-all. Anyway... Been feeling overwhelmed, and still am a bit, but feeling a bit more optimistic.

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September 27th, 2006
11:38 am
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Breast Cancer Fundraiser
You may remember the "Boobie-thon" from last year, I think either Cece or I posted something about it; well, they're
getting ready to do it again for 2006. http://www.boobiethon.com/
(their main page is always work-safe).

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September 26th, 2006
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Late notice: assistance with cleaning this weekend
Apologies for the late notice. (All of a sudden it was Mabon and we are still stuck in August.)

If you have nothing better to do this weekend, we could sure use your help. Cece's sister Emily is making good on her birthday present to Cece and is devoting the entire weekend to help us clean out the craftcruft room. Our hope is to clear out the room, finish adding the wallpaper border and put things back in its proper place. We will also be getting rid of lots of craft supplies we don't need. Those that are able to help us out - even if only for an hour or two will be fed (cheese & fruit tray for lunch, bean soup and fresh bread for dinner and homemade cookies throughout the day) and will get first shot at the give-away/sell pile as well as dibs on the 2 huge boxes of books we culled to sell.

Whatever doesn't get given away this weekend, we will sell if we can and then give the remainder away to the DWC garage sale this fall or to Goodwill.

Some examples of craft supplies to give away - candles, glue sticks, stamps, chocolate molds and chocolates, fabric, incense, fancy jars, fancy paper for scrapbooking/decoupage, beads, wrapping paper, gift bags - the supply is endless. We also have a supply of toys, stuffed animals and occasional children's books to add to the mix. And We could seriously be persuaded to part with other things in our house - just ask.

Please let us know if you can help out at all. We kick into high gear around 9 am and end around dinner on Saturday (Sept 30). We will be back at it on Sunday (Oct 1) at 10 am until 2 pm.

-=Cece & Thor

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September 19th, 2006
08:03 am
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Yarr!
Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Have fun, ye scurvy swabs!

(PS: Ye know Live Journal's page for posting to your journal? Right now, it has a button labeled "Update Captain's Log", Savvy?...)

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August 30th, 2006
10:01 am
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Something to keep in mind next time camping...
Food for Thought: How to Wash Up in the Wilderness, Science News Online, Aug. 26, 2006

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June 15th, 2006
04:12 pm
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Can't you even cheat right?
Even if I wasn't going to school, I would find this funny:

http://alex.halavais.net/?p=1427

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