dwivian: (Blame The Irish)
Things I have learned today:

1) Penicillin, when given in sufficient dosage to help destroy a jaw infection, is far more than the blood stream can accomodate.
2) Kidneys are excellent filters, and remove chemicals from the blood when necessary.
3) Penicillin has a somewhat distinctive odor.
4) Women don't talk to each other when standing at a urinal.

#4 comes courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] elfgirl, who was rather surprised that men have no problem talking about any old thing that wafts up and assaults their noses while in the bathroom, especially if it is unexpected. She related this to me after I told her about my day.


Nov. 1st, 2006 11:36 pm
dwivian: (Mad Stylin)

Demo'd both project programs tonight, and got feedback on both. More feedback later, but initial views are that they're a pretty good aid. Now.... 100 pages of techno-babble to write, and my defense date just got moved up to 'accomodate the right schedules.'


I'm sniffly, but taking NyQuil so I'm only slightly paranoid. I got a 'script for some mondo decongestant, but apparently it's full of ephedrine, which snaps my brain in bad ways. I actually got freaked at da elf for wanting to hug me, because she made me feel like my world was collapsing inward. I had to sleep in a chair facing the longest visual line of the room until the stuff wore off.

How's you?
dwivian: (Gondolier)
I've reached the age where I go into a holding pattern. Yes, I've got grey hair, and I've quit worrying about it, but I'm not about to keep counting down to death when I'm not done living yet.

I had to drag da elf out to get cake today, but we skipped the candles thing. Nice dinner in a different place, and lots of driving around and talking. Not bad.
dwivian: (Wisemen)
I had breakfast in bed today. First time in my life someone thought to bring me breakfast in bed (except when I was sick or somesuch). Toast and ready-to-eat bacon. Considering what MIGHT have come out of the kitchen, I consider this a win.

Oh, and I got a card, and a bunch of cards (Munchkin Bites 2), and now have to get everyone ready to go to work/church/movies/whatnot. A busy day, but it started out kinda cool.

Happy Father's Day!
dwivian: (PrimaDonna)
Got up early to get the munchkin to summer school. Best we could figure it out, she'd be going for five weeks, from 8-10 or 10-12.

Not so.

Apparently, she's in a lab class, and has class for five weeks, from 8am to 3pm. Daily. For material she knows, but couldn't be bothered to do the homework for, and thus failed even with a 90 on the exit exam. Kills my summer, and is putting quite the kink in my work schedule (I think I'll be taking da firfey to work a couple days each week, to deal with the scheduling problems).

So, I'm at home, working on both the computer and the back garden (the tiller is fixed! yay!), making sandwiches for da firfey, and finding a snake.

Little SnakeWhat kind am I?

Yes, relocated into a safer place in the yard away from evil tiller blades. If I can get out to get some stakes, I'll re-pot the tomatoes tonight.
dwivian: (I see you)
On a lighter note, I was approached by a representative of Klingons In Kilts while looking for laundry detergent at my local Target. Apparently having my hair down and bopping my kids on the head while saying "fear of death makes you weak" got his attention. I'm not sure how I'd look in the uniform, honestly, but it sounds interesting.


Jun. 10th, 2006 10:06 pm
dwivian: (Mad Stylin)
am still elf-less. Not sick this time, though. I did have to deal with having a technician come out and scare my satelite receiver into playing nice (I need to get the specialist screwdriver to use as a talisman to frighten future repair actions), which ate my entire day as he wasn't able to get his schedule fixed and couldn't give me a good time except "probably before 5pm".

Kids have been helping do chores, and we've sorted lots of laundry. Gotten the kitchen a little more straight, and I've run the "huh-duh-duh" over the floor to scatter the paper in different directions in a previously under-appreciated arrangement, as I don't want to fool with the actual vaccuum.

I am amused today -- The British authorities can't figure out how to deal with a reverse graffiti artist. Seems instead of spraying gunk on the walls, he takes cleaner and removes some of it, leaving his message, but not defacing anything. That's just rich!


Jun. 9th, 2006 08:29 am
dwivian: (Not Laughing)
I've been at work for an hour or so, now....

Da elf left me this morning. She says she's going to a conference, but I know she's secretly going to the Naval Academy to stare at the cadet's arms. We'll see if she comes back, especially after a week of my stories of what the kids are currently breaking...

Note to self: up the number of text messages for her phone.

Last time she was away for a bit, I annoyed both her and people around her by constantly texting, etc. It's amazing how much of my day is taken up with telling her what's going on here, sharing in her meeting hell at work or in the stories of the kids at home, discussing what to do on our next date, etc. When that's not an option, there are huge holes in what I do. Of course I could fill them with Java programming, but......

What's up for you this weekend?
dwivian: (Dwiv Inside)
Eleven is not twelve, either.

I have managed to miscount my classes. I am one class short for graduation in the fall, so now I have to bust my butt and take one more to get out on time. With thesis as part of this, I'm going to be struggling to get through. Had I taken the extra class this past semester, I'd not be having student loan issues.

I am so SMRT.



Jun. 7th, 2006 10:36 am
dwivian: (Math Cult)
I have to head to campus today or tomorrow to do my registration stuff for graduating this fall.

And, I don't really wanna be a thesis student anymore. I like the coding, but I just don't have time to do it right AND write about it. I'd rather take two classes. Alas, the thesis class counts, and if I don't do it, it goes to an F, which can knock me out of the program.

If I retroactively withdraw (possible), I'm in default on my student loans for being out for six months.

Boy, this is stupid......

Yay! Boo!

May. 26th, 2006 09:36 pm
dwivian: (Safe Mode)
My laptop has been built, tested, and shipped. They set it up to ship last night for overnight delivery. Alas, they missed the last pickup, and it was acquired today, for next day....

....next day is TUESDAY, since we have this holiday, and all.

dwivian: (Quadratics)
So, what could I do for you today?
dwivian: (NOT God.....)
- Describe your username meaning.
- Tag as many people as there are letters in your name.

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] lasarigue, who apparently is playing dead right now....

Dwivian comes from two sources.

First, is working on a mainframe project in college. I worked in Department W (agriculture economics, in association with a project in the USDA:Forest Service to do statistical analysis). So, all our IDs were D for Departmental ID, W for group W. Student IDs started with ST, for "STudent". Nice theme. I had an administrative ID, so it had a zero for the third digit. The fourth was a sequential digit, and I had #4, so my ID was DW04.

My student ID was STBC that year. On a chat program you could pick 'handles', so I decided to be Doctor Who (geek! geek!), only to discover there was a "Dr. Who" already. I was thinking of a new handle, something unique, when I noticed I was DW-#4, which reminded me of Doctor Who #4 Tom Baker, and that lead me to use the handle "Doctor Who IV" to differentiate myself from the other guy (who, it turned out, had graduated or otherwise gone on and thus there was no real conflict of IDs).

To abbreviate things on my message posts, I signed them D.W.IV or DWIV.

In the chat program I noticed my ID kept reflecting STBC000. I asked about those last three characters, and was told they were "user setable subcode values that aren't used by the system." So, I started logging in as STBCWHO, to be silly. I then wrote some programs that could detect the subcode, so I could log in with various characters and impact my startup process. I'd log in to my admin account as DW04IAN when I wanted it to do things like I had them by default in my student account, as the IAN suffix meant 'in the manner of dwiv'.

Later, when I got to create unix accounts for the first time, I decided dwivian would be "like dwiv" on those systems. Eventually I gave up the mainframe system in favor of the unix systems, and I've been Dwivian ever since. Pretty much since 1986.

[livejournal.com profile] kamiandrews (I'm guessing your stage name isn't your real name?)
[livejournal.com profile] cavalaxis
[livejournal.com profile] deessedusoleil (are you still out there?)
[livejournal.com profile] synisterchyck
[livejournal.com profile] ann_mcn
[livejournal.com profile] relevantpink
[livejournal.com profile] exipolar
dwivian: (Not Laughing)
I was down at NASCAR day at my work, when they did trivia.

Of course I am a wealth of knowledge on driving left, so I listened. They had questions about the year Charlotte's track was built, how many wins certain drivers had, etc. It was trivia from hell.

Then they asked about a specific driver that retired last year, but is racing this year. My daughter's favorite driver.

So, I answered.

Now, I have signed schwag to give her. Alas, not signed by her driver, but you can't have everything....
dwivian: (No Brainer)
So, after overwhelming reasoning by my friends list, I have decided to purchase a new laptop and retire the old one to be the front of a minor file server in the basement. I went to several laptop manufacturer's web sites, and checked with service companies and general ratings boards before I decided to stick with a Dell. I almost went with the Lenovo/Thinkpad, but the extra cost just wasn't worth it.

I'm glad I picked Dell, as my company has an employee purchase plan deal that, with the Dell anniversary sales, gave me over $1000 in discounts. Woo! So...

Intel Core Duo with 1GB Ram, 256MB ATI Radeon, 60 GB SATA/7200, with the 15" display (smaller I can't see, bigger is not a laptop), DVD+/-RW, and builtin WiFi/BT. It'll be interesting, that's for sure.

Now, for the waiting.....


May. 18th, 2006 09:05 pm
dwivian: (Venn Diagram)
So, I gave up on lunch today, and put my tray back. As I did so, one of the many people I work with noticed my attire. She came up and said "Interesting outfit."

"Yes, I think so," I replied.

"Don't you think it makes you look a little.... gay?"

I turned, put one hand on my hip, shifted weight a little, and put on my torch-song voice. I answered....

"Honey, I sure hope so!"

I cannot tell you the intensity of her expression. Surprise gave way to shock which lead to panic. She began to backpedle in voice and manner. "I'm sorry! I didn't mean..."

I laughed. "I have a wife and three kids. But, I do like to make sure people think about what they say."

One bright spot, in a day filled with meetings.


May. 12th, 2006 08:05 pm
dwivian: (Perspective)
Just wrote a second cheque for nearly $10,000. Yes, we have new windows. Da elf is VERY happy with her new windows, and the new door.

Me, I'm happy that when they removed the front door they revealed some rotting that we didn't know about. They removed it, and now my house is just that much less likely to fall over this year.

If I just had $15,000 to do the drainage work the yard needs.....
dwivian: (half ripped off)
So. Rental Car.

Bits of my transmission are not where they should be. Ouch.

So.... Lemme see what this extended warranty covers.....
dwivian: (Get Bored)
So.... with the interviews, again.....

Ask five questions. I'll answer, then ask five back. You answer in your LJ, and open for more, and we take over all of LJ in a massive wave of viral journalism....

You start:


May. 9th, 2006 02:10 pm
dwivian: (PrimaDonna)
I have an older laptop computer, business grade, that I use at home. It gets kinda hot to use (I have a lapboard to protect me from the heat and to make sure it gets airflow), but otherwise is pretty okay. Good graphics adapter, good sound, reasonable disk, lots of battery. I bought extra memory, and integrated WiFi card, and a second battery for the media bay to be sure it can run for a while.

So, of course, the backlight and inverter have flaked on me. To replace the video elements (I'm not about to take this thing apart myself) will be $1000, about.

To replace the computer outright with something that will last another five years or so (I got this computer via a previous employer, and have since worked in banking, commercial construction, consulting, and at my current job. Yah, I buy stuff to last a while...), I will have to spend $2300 or so. This gets a solid computer, but is over double the cost of the repair.

I'm in a quandry....

What would YOU do?

(If I get a new computer, this one will be a head-less microserver for our pictures, to be stored in the basement with our router, so it's not about to go to waste either way....)


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