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Traveler Farlander
25 September 2009 @ 08:51 pm
Hey, support techs! Tired of lying sales jerks who promise the Moon to customers, knowing that there are no consequences and that you'll be the one to catch Hell when the impossible promises can't be kept? I have a potential solution to that.

If a sales critter puts into a contract something that is outside of the normal correct parameters for the supported product, and if you as support personnel manage to deliver on the impossible, you receive the commission for the sale. It comes right out of the responsible sales party's pocket.

I guarantee you, Sales would keep themselves educated and coordinate potential odd contract enhancements if this was the case.
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Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
 
 
Traveler Farlander
17 September 2009 @ 08:45 pm
I wonder if you, like I, have considered the nature of your plan as a supervillain.

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Traveler Farlander
10 August 2009 @ 05:17 pm
I would also like to go on the record as having said, seriously, the following:
If you are afraid that either Satan or Charles Darwin is negatively influencing your children or the children of your nation or religion? You are either ignorant, an idiot, or both.

Thank you.
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Traveler Farlander
10 August 2009 @ 03:43 pm
Two of these things are not like the other; both of these things do not belong...

Seriously, over the weekend, I took in two different pieces of media. I suppose they could be more wildly different than one another than they are, but it would take some work to achieve. Herein, I will be giving you my opinions as a consumer of media on both. Your mileage may vary, but if it does, we travel very differently.

Rue the Daye, but not the release date.Collapse )

In the other direction, I also saw GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra.And here is another cut for you. Go Joe.Collapse )
 
 
Current Location: work
Current Music: GI Joe theme music
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
06 August 2009 @ 10:36 am
Today is Ali's birthday.

Happy birthday, my dear love. (smooch)
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Traveler Farlander
29 July 2009 @ 12:20 pm
So, things have been slip-sliding around here lately. There've been unexpected turns, generally when the projected plan of battle is first exposed to the opposing side. (Sun Tzu represent, Far East side, MFers.)

Currently, we're cutting all possible financial ties with the national bank that bought out the one we had been using. We're quite happy with Texans Credit Union, for those interested in going that route. Membership has its privileges, indeed.

We can thank TXU for the need to replace Ali's desktop computer. A sudden and obnoxious blackout last night seems to have been the last straw. The response plan to this is to laterally shift a computing resource, retasking her laptop as a desktop replacement. The desktop's hard drives will be put into external enclosures and put back into service as file shares, hopefully sooner rather than later. Hopefully, the data on them has not been affected. As Ali's birthday is almost upon us, she is taking this opportunity to provide herself with a lighter, faster laptop that will be Windows 7 ready. Should be in her hands in a couple of days. Just for added fun, it's purple. If a person is going to get a computer for her birthday, she ought to be happy with it in as many ways as possible, no?

Finances are okay as they currently stand. Some desired projects are taking a step or two back in line, but it will all work out well based on current plans.

So, how's by you?
 
 
Current Location: work
Current Music: the click-clack of a computer office
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
14 July 2009 @ 10:32 am
Okay, so it's more like two days early. I can say it now or I can forget entirely.

Happy birthday, [info - personal] betnoir ! May a fine Dutch sloop full o' spices and rum fall right inteh yer clutches, Cap'n!

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Traveler Farlander
18 June 2009 @ 02:31 pm
I apparently have a few more Dreamwidth codes. If you want to create a basic Dreamwidth account without buying one, ask me for a code.
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Traveler Farlander
15 June 2009 @ 10:42 pm
Today marks the 62nd anniversary of my parents' marriage.

Seriously. 62 years of marriage.

For that matter, in just a couple of weeks, my father will celebrate his 83rd birthday.
 
 
Current Mood: amazed
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
12 June 2009 @ 02:29 pm
Ask anything you ever wanted (or not really sure you wanted) to know about any of my RPing characters, past, present or future.

This isn't a wise thing for me to open myself up to, I suppose, but I'm not known for my wisdom.
 
 
Current Location: work
Current Music: Chess - Opening Ceremony
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
10 June 2009 @ 09:27 pm
While I originally said this in a comment to a post of Tom Smith's in his LiveJournal, I want to record it here in my own journal for my own posterity's sake:

When it comes to religion, most of the moral thinkers have suggested treating each other as you (the reader and audience) would have others treat you. For the record, I am going to have to say that all of those moral thinkers were overly optimistic. People can justify anything to themselves; "if everyone treated me like I treated them, well, they'd all see I was right and we'd all get along better," is a fallacy of an ego incapable of empathizing with other minds, of seeing things from other perspectives. No, I'm afraid that Homo sapiens sapiens is incapable of abiding by the spirit of the so-called "Golden Rule." I suggest a more widely understandable and less easily-twisted rule of thumb: "Leave each other alone." If I want a person's input, I'll seek it out and ask for it. If I don't want a person's input, they'll know by my total and utter failure to ask their damned opinions.
 
 
Current Mood: satisfied
 
 
Traveler Farlander
06 June 2009 @ 03:47 pm
It occurs to me that it is only a matter of time until someone decides to once again reinvent the guitar. Hells, the modern shape of the thing is a reinvention from any number of evolutionary steps leading back through the lyre and deep into Goddess-only-knows what else in the prehistory of music. ("This performance of the Babylon Pops has been pre-recorded.")

All I can see coming up next from here is essentially a computer that does exactly two things: receive input from a bank of light sensors and translate that out MIDI-esque as guitar movements. The fretboard would represent a segmented bank of motion and pressure sensors; the space between the pickups would represent another bank of motion sensors. Let your motion translator be programmable to measure movement and pressure over however many line segments you want and you've got a device that can be set at the time of performance to have as many strings tuned however you want as needed. Want to get really fancy? Have your strings displayed on the face of the instrument, responding to activity, keeping in mind that doing so increases not only the complexity of the device but also the needed computing power, probably requiring at least a minor graphics processor to handle that part of the workload.

Voila. The light guitar. Insert Jedi rock joke here.

Someone get on this, please? Also, if I've just described something someone already made, tell me so I can yank this down faster than I can say, "independent inspiration."
 
 
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Chess - Endgame
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
04 June 2009 @ 09:57 am
David Carradine has died.

Dammit.

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Current Mood: sad
 
 
Traveler Farlander
03 June 2009 @ 07:22 am
Happy birthday to the [info] - personalguruwench . May you get all you like and like all you get.
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Current Location: work
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
30 May 2009 @ 12:20 pm
Information's value comes from two attributes: applicability and scarcity. Power comes from controlling the spread of useful secrets.

On a related note, any philosophical point you cannot describe in 140 characters isn't fundamental enough of a truth to bother writing.
 
 
Current Location: work
Current Mood: sharpened
Current Music: System of a Down - Question!
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
29 May 2009 @ 02:41 pm
Who lives in the DFW area and wants a job in the exciting, glamourous world of tech support?

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If I refer you and you get hired and you stick around past the probation period, I get money. If you think you qualify and want more information, give me your contact information. Comments will be screened.
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
18 May 2009 @ 08:07 pm
You know what I don't want for the season ender of a show? I don't want a show that doesn't advance the plot, the characters, or even matter to the continuity or existing storylines.

You guys appear to want to be working on a different show. You have royally fucked the established characterizations from previous seasons. You threw in a cute little dig about how people think Sweets was "Gormagon," "but I'm not." Last seasons, you threw away a character we liked either out of laziness, desperation, or as a ratings stunt, and left us with a character that you're having to work to even make tolerable, along with a revolving door of second-placers and never-rans.

And what do you do in the last episode of this season? For those who haven't seen it, I won't give you a spoiler, but if you don't get that the events of the episode aren't really "in-continuity," I don't know what I can do for you. Suffice it to say, this was a waste of damned time. If you're tired or don't know how to write for these characters, please, by all means go work on another show. Let a group of writers who actually want to put in a little work or show a little insight have a go for the fifth season.

Sincerely,
not just me
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Current Mood: unimpressed
 
 
Traveler Farlander
13 May 2009 @ 08:16 am
Happy birthday, [info]janetdmiles , on the 14th.
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Current Music: Birthday Dirge
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
09 May 2009 @ 05:48 pm
TTTO: Curse of the Drinking Class by Leslie Fish
original tune: Leslie Fish
filked lyrics: Traveler Farlander

Curse of the Trekking Class

Help me all, I wanna scoff.
Way hey, what an ass.
Shatner's acting pisses me off,
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.

Prime Directive that and this,
Way hey, what an ass.
When Kirk's on screen, it makes me pissed.
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.

If you're female, run away.
Way hey, what an ass.
Every species he'll gladly lay,
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.

Thirty years, he's all we've heard,
Way hey, what an ass.
Ask you me, he's for the birds.
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.

He's the best, or so we're told.
Way hey, what an ass.
Best at being bald and old,
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.

Kirk is here and Kirk is there,
Way hey, what an ass.
What he needs is believable hair.
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.

Janeway, Sisko and Picard,
Way hey, what an ass.
None of their bellies look like lard.
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.

Finally now they've made him dead.
Way hey, oh at last.
The rest can finally earn some bread.
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.

Should have known I spoke too soon,
Way hey, what an ass.
His books are written by a baboon.
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.

New movie, new face; they've pulled a switch.
Way hey, what an ass.
The character's still a son of a bitch.
Kirk is the curse of the Trekking class.
 
 
Current Location: work
Current Mood: bored
 
 
Traveler Farlander
05 May 2009 @ 11:04 pm

  • 12:42 Ooh. Word of advice: do not get Sqwabbit started when she is typing in all caps. Danger, Will Robinson, danger. #

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Traveler Farlander
05 May 2009 @ 05:27 pm
Just for the record, I'd like to state at this time, for all and sundry's notice:

After I am dead, I utterly reject any attempt by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormons, to baptise me via proxy rites into their body.

Are we very clear on this? I don't care what family member of mine you ask. I don't care what right you think you have to make this decision on my behalf. I don't want it. I will reject it. If you are stupid enough to get me a pass into Heavenly Father's afterlife, I will make His and your afterlives into something that the denizens of Hell, Gehenna, and Tartarus would thank their blasphemous lives for having managed to avoid.

I am not going to be bound by your nonsense. I have my own brand of nonsense already, thank you.
 
 
Current Mood: pissed
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
04 May 2009 @ 11:47 am
I just bought a Dell.

Yes, I know. Hush. They aren't making a game I want for the Mac and I don't feel like f'ing around with Boot Camp for mixed results. I also don't feel like trying to troubleshoot a fiddly issue on my old box that might be the motherboard, the CPU, the memory, or down to a bad SATA cable, damn it. I'll part the thing out to people who want to bother with the parts and put the old hard drive in an external enclosure.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: frustrated
 
 
 
Traveler Farlander
03 May 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  • 23:10 @seananmcguire WWIDFAKB? Umm, drive to a convenience store and buy one, probably. #

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