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Jan. 1st, 2012

Death Note, Clue, L

Obligatory Happy New Year post

Happy New Year to everyone.  May we all do better in our struggles this year. (That is all.  Nothing more to see.)

Jan. 11th, 2007

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So, I'm finally about to get the driving test online when I see at the bottom of the site "hacked by yorumsuz".  Someone hacked the site! Well, a quick google search revealed some script kiddy going by this same alias on site of turkish "hackers" (lame script kiddies).  A simple trace route pointed out what host the idiots are using, and I should be able to make it much more difficult for them to get in by blocking any European net traffic.
Fortunately, there doesn't seem to have been any real damage, but I'm going to have to do a load of searching to make sure they haven't left any viruses on there.  I'm also going to have to change a few passwords, even though I doubt these idiots really know enough to do any serious harm. (I call them idiots, because anyone with any sense doesn't tell you how to find them in less than 10 minutes!)

Dec. 22nd, 2006

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Ha Ha. I Back!

Well, I've been busy as all hell.  First, my mother is having the kitchen redone.  Well, last week we ripped out all of the cabinets.  To make a long story short, I almost electrocuted myself because the previous owners of the house mislabeled the breakers, and I pulled a muscle in my forearm removing tiles, causing my forearm to swell up to twice its size for about half an hour. 

Then, there is the driving school site.  The server does not have the database engine type that I need to properly finish the test.  I put in a request a month ago to have it installed, but I still have nothing.  I'll have to reprogram the test (which involves mostly removing code), but it will be a bitch to maintain.  I will work, but it will have no error checking mechanism. I've tried explaining this to the client, but he unfortunately barely knows how to turn the computer on. Oh well, he's getting the site for a quarter of what I'd normally charge, and he's been warned.  When I'm done with this, it'll be on his head to fix it.

Teaching has been going well.  Most of the kids work hard, and many of them do not need much help.  I also have a few problem students. I can't get into details, because confidentiality is required by law in my particular position.

On the bright side, I have finally found a good Linux distribution.  It's called Ubuntu, and it's very easy to work with.  It even has a "package manager."  It's basically a program that connects to servers that I can list and looks for free software, many of it very good.  The window manager I'm using allows me to tab programs together just like I would pages in firefox.  It also has transparent menus that I can call from anywhere, and that I can change by modifying a text file.  I'll post screen shots some other time.

Nov. 24th, 2006

old man pikachu

It's a post about nothing. .

Well, not too much has been going on since I last posted.  I saw Casino Royale, which was actually very good to my surprise. 

I got my book about video game programming, so soon I'll be able to start making kick ass games.\

I haven't been training as much, so I'll start streching again tonight.

I'm also going to start my long term position on Monday.  I met the kids, and some of them are actually pretty smart.  they all appear to be very good kids.  It will take awhile to get used to helping them, but I'm sure with time they will adapt.  The only bad news is that if they can find someone with a special ed certification, I'll have to leave the spot early.  Well, I have it for at least the next few weeks, so whatever.  At least then, I won't have to at work at 7:00 A.M.

Vashy seems to be back to normal. He seems to have made at least a 99% recovery.

I tried to replace my timing belt today. Well, I tried to start.   It's a maintinance thing to make sure that it doesn't break and destroy my engine.  Well, turns out I need a special tool to release the belt tensioner, that no parts store carries.  Fortunately, the ford dealership of all places told me that it would only be $280 for the labor, and that's if they did the water pump as well.  They even said they'd use the parts I had already bought.  This type of service is rare for a dealership, but then again they saw that I knew a good deal about my truck. (I was able to tell them engine size and type, as well what accessories I had and which belts drove which items.) I'm beginning to wonder if I have good luck with mechanics because I know enough not to be bullshitted.  Anyway, since I didn't actually take anything apart, I can have it done next week.

Well, Happy Late Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday.

Nov. 8th, 2006

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Hell week has finally ended

Well, first I'll start with the worst part of Hellweek.
Next, there was the problem with the truck.  It would not start.  I performed a whole battery of tests and spent $35 on parts and diagnostic tools but still couldn't track it down.  Today, I decided to check a little documented switch that shuts the fuel pump off in case the truck rolls over.  Well, it turns out the connector was loose.  I plugged the switch back in and the damn truck starts running just fine.  Had I started there, the whole thing would have cost me nothing and taken five minutes.  On the bright side, I did get some cool toys out of the deal. :D

At any rate, I'm glad this is all over.  Today, I bought a book on ninjitsu at our local book store on sale for $2.60.  I'm not planning on studying it, but it will probably be a good place to find techniques for characters in our anime that we are (will eventually start) working on.  

I also voted today.  Lots of people voted.  Hopefully the Democrats can regain control of Congress and shut der chimpenfurher down.

Nov. 1st, 2006

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Err...damned truck

Vashy is doing fine today. He went outside and was running around. He's still a bit sick, but he's getting better. We've started calling him emo doggy because he is always so melodramatic.

My truck died just before an intersection. Meggi, Mike, and I were going to go to Walmart to buy some tape when the engine suddenly died. I tried to turn it back on, but the engine wouldn't rev. That most likely means one thing, the damned fuel pump relay went out again. Fuel pumps don't usually go that fast, which means I probably got a bad part from freaking Conway's. I'm done with them. Their parts are cheap aftermarket crap. I don't care if it's twice as much; I'm going straight to ford.

Oct. 31st, 2006

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Vashy is doing better and trick or treating

Vash is doing a bit better. He is still having trouble seeing, but it looks like the problem isn't severe. Vash has a bad cold and some of the mucus has been irritating his eyes. My mother washed his eyes with saline solution, and he started to prance around. I'm going to stay home with him tomorrow to make sure his ok. I ahve work I want to finish up that I need to do here, anyway.

Meggi, Mike, and I took James out trick or treating. I went as Sosuke Sagara, Meggi went as a shinagami, and Mike carried his deathnote notebook. He then started doing the Yasai Mosai dance from Kisarazu Cat's Eye in front of people's houses. James got a bag full of candy.

One last thing, yesterday, the woman who calls the substitute teachers every day came up to me yesterday and told me that she was "loosing me as a substitues...oops." Looks like I got the job as the in class support teacher through april!
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Vash is sick.

Happy Halloween everyone.

It's late, so I'll keep it brief. I've been working on the site, finally starting to switch everyingthing over to the server and domain name.

Vash is sick, very sick. He's been wimpering all day and refuses to run. We think he's having a lot of trouble seeing. He's been frightened all day, and he refuses to go down stairs. He cries when you first touch him until he realizes that it's someone he knows. He has his tail in between his legs. At first we though someone hurt him because he appeared to be limping, but when we shined a flashlight into his eyes he didn't even blink. His eyes are blood shot, and there is a lot of gook in them. He probably has a bad case of pink eye. He has allegries, so his eyes are usually red which is why we didn't notice earlier. He was fine this morning and only started acting like this when we got home from work. I'm going to talk to his parent's owner and see if anything like this happened to Vash's parents. We'll probably take him to the vet when we get home from work if he's still not doing well. It's probably just an infection, so once we get him to the vet it will probably clear up.

Oct. 29th, 2006

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Boring Day

Well, my day consistsed of lots of sleep. I also watched a bunch of Friday the 13th movies, which suck. At least the Exorcist was on, so that wasn't too bad. The only problem is that now I can't freaking sleep. I hope I wake up early enough. I wanted to get a price quote on how much it would be to have a car sticker made of the S.N.Zero logo from the guys who have the place at the local flea market. I don't even have the site done or any content. Hopefully, I can find some time to make the first episode of Stupor Heroes, or maybe I'll dig up the old Spider Bush parody and make that quickly. That should be much quicker to make considering the last time I tried to do it I had to use cell animation.

On the bright side, my mother's hair stylist wants a website, and guess who she referred him to. Oh yeah, actual cash this time. Plus, he wants someone to maintain it, so we can probably work out something for free haircuts. I'm just going to make sure to draw up a basic contract this time. Working on that other site has definitely made me appreciate what a pain in the rear clients can be (He's not bad, just scatterbrained and barely able to use a computer at times, but then again I may be being a bit rough on him considering I can program the freakin things).

My mother took another one of her math quizzes online today. She got a seventy. It's getting hard to help her considering that she's starting to panic. I'm getting a bit frustrated, and we got into an argument. I feel bad, but then again it probably wouldn't have been so bad had she decided not to take the quiz at 11:00 PM. The material isn't that hard, but she needs to relax before I can help her. She keeps complaining that she can't remember everything, but I keep telling her that will come with practice.

I'm so freaking bored that right now Meggi has gotten me reading Dramacon II. It seems to be pretty funny. Makes me think that I might be better off doing the vampire story line as a manga first then animating it (especially since the program I have right now isn't really suited to hard core animation).

Oct. 27th, 2006

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I'm actually training again. + Goku's vacation.

That's right, I'm actually training again. I was looking through Michael's books, and I found one about all of Bruce Lee's training methods. I was glad to find out that you only need to do 15 minutes of flexibility training a day to improve your flexibility. I might actually start jogging a few days a week. I'm going to start slowly, and then add more stuff such as training in actual techniques once I get back into some sort of shape. I'm also going to try to get Mike to start training again.

Also, here is Goku's vacation. We just got another comment. Someone liked the toilet joke.

One one final note, I finally figured out how to work white into the layout. I'm using white letters for the content, and they look great against the red background. I'll post the link when I'm done with it.

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