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I bought a high-flow intake for my bike to help it not to run lean and be such a cold natured hooker. The additional air means more fuel is necessary and the result is bonus horsepower. I need a bigger carburetor jet to provide that extra fuel, and no one has one in stock. My carburetor is in pieces and I have no horsepower whatsoever.

This is likely a good thing, since I may as well admit that I have a "lead foot". I was rewarded another speeding ticket (in my car this time) a couple of weeks ago. It's a really bad idea to get another one, so my cruise control is set at 58mph from now on. I like to drive, but driving the speed-limit (55mph) sucks unless of course one enjoys being tailgated and passed constantly.

"okay...what you need to do is turn the idle-mixture screw out two turns. Then take the slide diaphragm out and cut one and half turns off the spring. Then you get an electrical ring-terminal and cut off the part where the wire connects. Use that to shim a needle from a 1988 Sportster. ...And you have a hot-rod carb kit that you'd buy from Harley for $50." - Mark Miller, my favorite new bike mechanic.
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It's nice to know that I'm not the only metal-nerd on the planet that gets off on this type of stuff:

I mentioned this lyric connection in a LJ post on July 24, 2008, and apparently he discovered it just a couple of weeks before I did. He's the one other guy on the planet who would have given a rat's ass.

I just dl'd the Arkham Asylum pc game from Steam...they're having a special bundle of Just Cause and Arkham Asylum for $22.00. I've never heard of Just Cause, but it's cheaper to buy both games than to just buy Arkham Asylum. Windows Live account required to play. Fucking yay.

I had to sell our tickets at the last minute for the Megadeth/Testament/Exodus show in Indy on Thursday. Damon was extremely ill with a fever and had to back out. Disappointing, but he was really sick and I didn't feel like making the round trip to Indy alone after a long day at the Indiana University campus. I spent the day attending a disaster recovery/business continuity meeting and touring their new data center, which was simply amazing due to its scale. Our data center and supporting infrastructure aren't one-tenth the size of theirs. I left my batteries in the wall-charger and took an empty camera along to carry around uselessly for the day.
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Books Read Thus Far in 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling.
Just After Sunset - Stephen King
Fates Worse than Death - Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists - A.V. Club and Chuck Klosterman
Jasmine - Bharati Mukherjee

(Single-Player) Games Finished Thus Far in 2010
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Mirror's Edge

I just finished building my third DNS server since taking the new position a month or so ago. Linux (Redhat/CentOS primarily) systems welcome my guidance and supervision, and I enjoy the work.

I'm going to Indiana University tomorrow to tour their new Data Center and attend a Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity meeting. And then fter work, Damon and I are going to Indy to see Megadeth, Testament, and Exodus at the Murat. Dave Mustaine continually spouts enough self-righteous stupidity and contradicting bullshit that I hate to give him any of my money, but Megadeth is performing the entire Rust in Peace album on this tour for its twentieth anniversary. The thirteen year old in me can't say no. Testament has always been an underdog that neither gives up nor gets the credit they're due, and Gary Holt and Exodus only continue to improve.

In other news, RIP Corey Haim. 38 years old.
grindmonkeh: (grasp.)
So sayeth my sister on Facebook. I hesitate in pointing out the irony because the latter half of her update reads, "...anyone know where i can get help paying for a security deposit we are still 225.00 short..apparently i have to be evicted before i can even get someone to talk to me."

There's a good reason for that, rest assured.

I'm not the smartest motherfucker on the planet and I'm constantly reminded of what I don't know, but the ignorance of relatives is most remarkable.

I have two exams on Thirstday.

If you are ever suffering from insomnia, then have some of my school-work. I just turned this piece of shit in. Maybe I should have asked for a proof-read BEFORE doing that.

Slaughterhouse-five review essay. )


Feb. 2nd, 2010 10:56 am
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This is the first migraine I've had in months and I'm really too busy to just close my eyes and wait it out. I actually saw phosphenes before this one and that's never happened before. I thought I had a large floater in one eye that was making it nearly impossible to read my e-mail, and then I realized that it was happening with both eyes. I couldn't see anything, and it wasn't until the brain-bomb went off that I realized what had happened.

I finished another book yesterday.

Books Read Thus Far in 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling.
Just After Sunset - Stephen King
Fates Worse than Death - Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

Waves of nausea. Surf's up.

the flu.

Jan. 28th, 2010 10:01 pm
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I hope tonight is better than last night...that is...I won't be herking up the 7-Up and half of a bowl of soup that I was able to keep down today. I don't know if I'll be going to work's my last day in the data center too so the guys made plans to take me out to lunch. As of right now I feel too wrung out.

Books Read Thus Far in 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling.
Just After Sunset - Stephen King
Fates Worse than Death - Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
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At 11:30 we had a meeting discussing layoffs due to our state's 6-million dollar higher education budget cut and were informed that six positions in the Office of Information Technology would be eliminated. About fifteen minutes after the meeting, the human resources department called me, asked if the Chief Information Officer had spoken to me about my job, and informed me that I would need to stop in next week and sign the form. I swear I almost dropped the phone.


"No one has told you?"


"Well I guess I'll give you the news first. You're being promoted to a System Administration position starting February 1st. Your pay will increase to $X,XXX,XXX.XX (a 33% raise! ...though I added a couple of extra X's.)"

"Oh. ...Well I'll be...damned."

That was handled well. And I can't tell anyone here until Monday! After almost fourteen(!!!) years, February 1st will be my last day working in the Data Center. This is a rather odd turn of events. I was informed by the Associate Director that if I wasn't promoted then one of my co-workers would be laid off. Instead of laying them off, they are counting my vacant position as a lay-off, so I'm really glad for him.

(1:45:34 PM) charasan: I didn't say you could lose your job. I forbid it!
(1:47:49 PM) Matt: i can has raise, nigga.
(1:48:03 PM) charasan: TWO of them!
(1:48:19 PM) Matt: don't be countin' kids
(1:48:23 PM) Matt: nigga don't raise no kids
(1:48:36 PM) Matt: ..nigga.
(1:52:46 PM) charasan: Gaawd...boss keeps telling us how he's paying us today, then goes off on a 2+ hour lunch...
(1:53:03 PM) charasan: Meantime, I have nothing, no cigs or food, sitting here typing and tummy growling.
(1:53:18 PM) charasan: ...but damn, it feels good to be a gangsta.
(1:54:30 PM) Matt: gangsta as in a hutt's bastard child?
(1:54:54 PM) charasan: As in "issa bust a foot off in yo ass"
(1:55:09 PM) Matt: hutt don't have foots
(1:55:14 PM) Matt: they have tails
(1:55:42 PM) charasan: Internet Explorer is causing me to age prematurely...
(1:55:50 PM) Matt: it's the cigarettes
(1:55:57 PM) Matt: and mt. dew
(1:56:04 PM) charasan: No, it's IE
(1:56:12 PM) Matt: and the cigarettes
(1:56:14 PM) Matt: mostly the cigarettes
(1:56:22 PM) charasan: It's 99% IE
(1:56:54 PM) Matt: and -99% your exercise program
(1:57:02 PM) Matt: and then 100% the cigarettes
(1:57:08 PM) charasan: Bustin' foots off is hard work.
(1:57:25 PM) Matt: can you raise your foots higher than your knee?
(1:57:26 PM) charasan: I have a physically demanding job.
(1:57:33 PM) Matt: (without sitting)
(1:57:33 PM) charasan: You're about to find out.
grindmonkeh: (grasp.)
First class of the semester starts in half an hour. I hope the other kids like ignore me.
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I had a 45-mile two-hour snowbound romp to work in the Jeep today. It was fun until I got to the civilized parts of these here roadways.

As if people don't feel enough of a sense of entitlement to pirate movies, Netflix has contractually agreed with Warner Bros. that they won't rent their movies out until they've been for sale for 28 days. The entertainment, movies, gaming, etc...keep doing more and more to punish the people who actually pay for their entertainment with ridiculous DRM or now this "Delay of availability" whilest the people that pirate their media get what they've always got.

I just fixed a blade server. I'm only thrilled because now I don't have to call HP and go to phone-support hell for an hour.

I'm in the mood to play Battlefield 1942.
grindmonkeh: (my what a big nose you have.)
Thus far this year.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling.

I really tried to finish it in time to sneak it onto my 2009 list...but alas it begins anew. Classes start next week, so I've got time for another book or Left 4 Dead 2 before that happens. I have to go back to work tomorrow after having the last couple of weeks off.

Over the Holiday break I fixed my Jeep (tension pulley bearings) and had a new muffler put on it, and then had the job of replacing my mother-in-law's busted brake-line land in my driveway. That took all day New Year's Eve before we went to a party, and I was less than thrilled at the details of how I procured the job. Other than that I haven't been all that productive...I played through World of Goo, fixed my neighbors PC, and gained Holiday weight.

I didn't bother making any resolutions for the New Year, although I should lose some weight and drink less. Welcome to 2o1o. Are there monkeys, monoliths, and haywire computers in this one? I've never seen it.
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Steam is having a great sale right now on some excellent titles...

I just picked up World of Goo for a few bucks and it's a hoot. I'd like to play Mirror's Edge too ($4.99) but it requires shader model 3.0, and my now apparantly obsolete ATI x800xt only has SM 2.0. I'm definitely building a new rig this year.
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Books read thus far this year...
Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Wolves of Odin - Grant Gould (graphic novel)
Dark Tower: The Long Road Home - Stephen King, Peter David, Robin Furth, and Richard Isanove (graphic novel)
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner) - Phillip K. Dick
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration - Allen Steele
Year's Best SF 10, 2005 - David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.
Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1 - Robert Silverburg
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
Got Fight? - Forrest Griffin
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Rant - Chuck Palahniuk
The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
Neuromancer - William Gibson

I may have to put Johnny Mnemonic and the other two books of the Sprawl trilogy on my to-read list now, but I have too many books already queued up as it is.

My cat is an asshole and he knows it. I'm looking for a door for my theater room to keep his territorial butt out of it. I have a leather recliner ruined by his urine...since Chewie decided he liked to lie on it, Monkeybutt decided to piss on it. I'd strangle the little shit if I wasn't the only person in the world he actually liked.

I just had someone bring me their computer "per recommendation" and ask me to fix it. It should be easy money. He had someone "repair it" previously by installing the two ($50) software bundles that he brought along. Norton Bloatware and Webroot Spy Sweeper running on Vista...with 1 GiggleByte of RAM...and the malware is obviously not in check. I like to see just how exactly people make their systems so FUBAR, so I check out their browsing histories with a couple of tools. I left my usb-drive with those tools at home, so I decided to just open the browser. This is what I saw when I launched Internet Exploder.

It was acting squirrely as hell and bounced before I got a screenshot of the history. Pornhub was a likely culprit, but pop-ups had convoluted the history with the worst of the internet. And he had to have given the okey-dokey to at least half of those goddamn toolbars.
grindmonkeh: (horns.)
This was an amazing experience. Even a non-enthusiast like my wife was really impressed. (Although the guy next to me was a member of the 501st, and during a conversation we had he noted that *his* wife was not at all supportive of his geekdom.) I really thought there would be more props around the concourse...maybe because I've seen so many at CII and CIII. Knowing Star Wars fans, I thought there would be more people in costume as well. The sound, performance, and visual display were simply awesome. The THX Deep Note, 20th Century Fox Fanfare, Main Title, Cantina Band, Luke and Leia, Duel of the Fates, and many others have never sounded better to me...the acoustics in the Indiana Pacer's basketball arena were surprisingly good. The diversity in visuals was impressive as well, and in the 2nd row we could really feel the heat from the pyros. I'm very grateful to my wife for the gift.

I took lots of photos! )
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For I have potstickers.

Both of my football teams officially suck now. I'd actually like to see them play one another to see which one sucks less. They share some key similarities. The heart and soul of their defenses are injured. Their offensive lines stinks...I don't know if Cutler or Worthlessberger would wind up on the ground more, but the game "drink for a sack" would be intoxicating. At least the Bears beat the Browns...Pittsburgh got ran over and last night was just ugly.

I just had my last class for the semester. Both finals are on Monday.

I read a pretty troubling article earlier about Obama's appointment of bankers from Citigroup and Goldman Sachs to key economic positions in the White House. This isn't the typical Limbaugh/Beck drivel and I'd love to hear a positive spin.

Now, for my workout.

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Steam users! What is your username so that I may add you?

I played the first two campaigns of L4D2 yesterday after going home early due to my car-pool pal having an emergency...and subsequently had a LOT of fun after joining a random game with a couple of pretty cool players. I'd like to have more people I can count on to be of the nonfucktardial variety for L4D, L4D2, and other multiplayer games. While I get annoyed with people (vapid vapid facebook) stating the obvious about the terrible weather, I'm already getting cabin fever due to the motivationally inhibiting temperature. I'm lining up my entertainment for the winter with some games and books to occupy my time after finals are finished next week. I haven't read much at all this year due to the migraines and classes, and I have books from LAST Christmas that I haven't cracked. I think I'm going to read the last Harry Potta book before the film comes out, some Salvatore, King, and the Nietzsche book I started.

My Jeep needs some work, but I'm not inclined to freeze my ass off in my non-heated garage trying to figure out where the new rattling noise is coming from. It's a bummer since I was looking forward to playing with it in the snow, but maybe it's something superficial or easily fixed.

My wife's big Christmas gift to me this year are (2nd row) tickets to Star Wars in Concert in Indianapolis on Saturday. I'm really looking forward to it.

Finals on Monday, then time off from class. If I get B's in my classes I'll be thrilled. I really half-assed the work this semester.
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  • I haven't had a Migraine in three weeks since I stopped drinking Diet Mountain Dew.

  • Played the Left 4 Dead 2 demo...I hope the full release offers something innovative enough to sustain interest. I really expected a bit more from the demo.

  • Installing CentOS 5.4 on a Server...brushing up on Linux administration. This has been an interesting (ie. successful) crash course in oddball driver error configuration.

  • Replacing my home pc's hard-drive...lack of 3.5" floppy necessitated the creation of a SATA driver slipstream into the XP install via nLite. I'll see if it works when I get home.

  • Typing this on my laptop on which I just recently installed Windows 7. It runs like a snap, and this system is several years old.

  • Shitty weather leads to nerdy undertakings.

  • Flying my 4-Channel RC Helicopter on a clear day over the weekend was approximately 10,000x harder than flying the E-Sky simulator. Crash, fetch, crash, fetch, crash, fetch, crash...

  • Devin Townsend Project - Addicted (with Anneke van Giersbergen) is amazing. (see below)

  • The appropriate police personnel are never around when I try to get my Grandad's gun from evidence storage. I'm trying to get it for my brother.

  • I've recently seen some great movies: Let the Right One In, The Story of Anvil, Trick r'Treat, Murder Party and Tideland.

  • I also saw G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but that was just silly.

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I've *adopted* three outside cats that I've been feeding regularly for the past couple of months. I let Mason name them...Mrs. Biscuit, Spud, and I'm uncertain as to what he named the kitten because I call it IttyBittyShittyKitty due to its former constantly frazzled appearance. It's a really beautiful cat now, but the name has adhered.

Our inside cats stay upstairs 99% of the time by their choice because of their vile hatred of the dogs that primarily stay downstairs, but my seemingly GREAT idea of having basement cats was shot down by my wife.

They've been progressively getting closer and closer to me as I talk to them and feed them every day, and today, for the first time, Mrs. Biscuit and IttyBittyShittyKitty let me actually touch them while I gave them leftover meatballs.


...and mom, Mrs. Biscuit, who looks to have suffered an eye injury.