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amusing few days [Jan. 22nd, 2005|01:40 am]
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Well, deliriumdreams had to go back home this week, which makes me very sad. It also means I can get more sleep (which is funny, because she sleeps way more when I'm around than when I'm not...)

Stuck a copy of the geekette post under a windshield wiper on the car in question. I'll be deeply amused if the owner actually contacts any of us about it. (Then again, I don't think there's any actual contact info in it -- I assume that someone with a "*sigh*" sticker on their car would be able to find me on LJ. And if you did find me and are reading this ... Hi!)

Also dropped off a copy of a BBC article on crosswords to the bartender at my favorite bar here in OB -- we often do crosswords together (or at least help each other out with tough clues), so I thought he'd appreciate it. I printed out my writeup of the word game for him, too, but I haven't been back since then (due to two late nights in a row at work).

Had a few spookily productive days at work. Makes me wonder when the other shoe is going to drop. Main entertainment was transplanting the codebase from my [now departed] co-worker's home directory into the shared production area. Hey, he did document and comment everything before he left, but we never thought to remove dependencies on things like his home directory. Ooops.

Also wrote up some docs on my code to send off to the people whom have the curse of carrying it on. Sorry, guys. It's a mess.

Today wasn't all that productive, although I did fix a few bugs and investigate some network slowness. Had fun after work, though. A couple of us met up for poker in the break room after hours: it was my first full evening of playing with that group, and I did OK -- on a 20$ buy-in, I ended up with about 35$. It was mostly Texas Hold 'em, with a few rounds of Omaha High/Low thrown in. Pizza and beer were consumed... a fun evening.

Did score a coup at work Thursday: our graphic artists got relocated to the Santa Monica location, and one of them left their nice monitor behind. I asked if I could snarf it, and the IT folks let me! Yay! So now I have a pretty nice Sony Multiscan E500 sitting on my desk.

It did have a problem with being way too bright; even when the brightness control was all the way down at zero, it had everything washed out. Since I rely heavily on a light-on-black color scheme, this was no good at all.

It seems that it's a common problem, and people have posted directions on how to fix it. Finally, my stash of soldering supplies and related tools comes in handy! I was almost thwarted when I couldn't find the appropriate resistor at Fry's, but digging around got me one close enough (and massive overkill, which is always nice.)

[To wit, the fix suggest a 4.7 or 6.8 MΩ resistor, rated for 1 KV. Doing the math (V²/R) suggests that it has to be a 1-watt rated part. The resistor aisle at Fry's was in complete disarray (and probably still is, although I complained about it). Through the means of dumping every misfiled resistor on the bottom shelf, I eventually found a 2W 6.8MΩ specimen. Compared to the one I eventually took out, it's freakin' huge...]

[Meta-note: there is an Ω entity defined somewhere in HTML, but it seems to not be supported underl LJ + FireFox. Alas.]

After the game broke up at about 10, I went back to my office to start the modification of the monitor, and promptly spent an hour trying to get the bloody case off. Argh. My fingers are going to be very very sore for a day or two. I eventually had to nearly break the top tabs to remove the case...

The RF shield was a piece of cake after that. Removing the old resistor went well, although it's been a very very long time since I've done any soldering, and I was never all that skilled at it. So it took me a few times to get the old solder cleaned up and to solder the new one into place. (Argh, and I just remembered that I forgot to trim the leads on the other side after installing it. Oh well, hopefully not an issue.)

Put it all back together, and it seems to actually work -- and the grey level issue is fixed! Yay!

And for all the warnings I read about not taking off the back of the monitor -- trust me, I treat the flyback transformer with the greatest of respect -- I think I did more damage to my back than to any other part of my body. Manipulating that 70lb (32kg) beast, especially when trying to remove that stupid case cover, did a number on me. Hopefully cider and sleep and backache pills will fix it.
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From: jinglechelle
2005-01-22 03:50 pm (UTC)
You've been busy! Sorry dd had to go home, but I'm sure you had a fabulous time with her :) - We are at a different hotel than last time next weekend, so I'll email you the details.. I will.. I'll get round to it.. yep!
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-01-22 08:19 pm (UTC)

visits!

Yay, next weekend should be fun. I'm halfway thinking about grabbing a room so I don't have to leave that evening, but I recall you two passing out around 9p anyway, so I'm not sure whether I should worry about it or not.

And I have a writeup of my NM trip about halfway done, I should finish that this weekend. (If I can find time between my beach walking, mexican food eating, and good beer drinking. Priorities, priorities...)

See you three soon! :)
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-01-23 02:12 am (UTC)

Re: visits!

between my beach walking, mexican food eating, and good beer drinking.

I ooze jealousy. No wait.... I got lots of beach walking the last two weeks. I have better mexican food here. Oh, and I have a RAM/Echoing Green show tonight... I win. :-)
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From: jinglechelle
2005-01-23 08:28 pm (UTC)

Re: visits!

You could totally get a room and stay because we don't have to leave early in the morning this time so we can stay up! I want to play your new word game. Lewis will get hotel details at work tomorrow. I don't suppose there's any way you could get a room right next to ours and we could bring the baby monitor.. naw.. life never works out that perfectly.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-01-23 08:44 pm (UTC)

Re: visits!

Having a room right next door would totally rock. :)

And if it's later in the evening, my buddy Dave might be back up from down here in SD ... he's up for a good game, too.

Yay!
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-01-22 05:00 pm (UTC)
It really really bothers me that I read this post, then worked out an equation for how I steal sleep from you on a daily basis while in the same location.

I'll miss you at the show tonight. RAM AND ECHOING GREEN for free at my FAVORITE pirate bar! (The overuse of capitalization is supposed to indicate that I am overly excited, not that I am L33T or that my caps lock key is stuck)
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-01-22 08:18 pm (UTC)

sleep theif, RAM shows

I was actually wondering about the sleep theft bit. I figure that I'm not used to any distraction in the house, so having you around wakes me up occasionally (and I don't mind, so much as I start wearing down under it!); you're used to a chaotic household, so when there's only li'l ol' me around, you sleep soundly.

Not having to get up for work probably helps.

And the RAM shows both sound utterly fabulous; hacked listed the Echoing Green show tonight, and one later this week with Attrition! Very sad to be missing those.

Oh well, have to keep raking in the money to keep bringing you out here. :)
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-01-22 08:37 pm (UTC)

Re: sleep theif, RAM shows

You know, you still have time to catch a flight by Southwest and make the show together. Why yes, I am a bad influence, why do you ask?

I really am just a sleep thief, since I sleep more when you are HERE as well.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-01-22 11:14 pm (UTC)

Re: sleep theif, RAM shows

I really am just a sleep thief, since I sleep more when you are HERE as well.

Given that you two are the only ones responding on this topic, it came to mind that jinglechelle and I were discussing what would happen if you were to scale up a baby's pacifier to a grown woman. From there, conversation devolved to how Lewis could always provide Chelle with a "binky".

Looks like my new job title is "delirium dream facilitator". As it were. ;->
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-01-23 02:10 am (UTC)

Re: sleep theif, RAM shows

Looks like my new job title is "delirium dream facilitator". As it were. ;->

ummm... that's been your job title for a bit now in case you hadn't noticed....
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-01-23 02:23 am (UTC)

It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it...

DUH!

hehehe
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-01-23 08:46 pm (UTC)

Re: sleep theif, RAM shows

Thats dirty.

Only if we're doing it right.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-01-23 08:45 pm (UTC)

who needs a tkil...

I'll miss you at the show tonight.

You so did not miss me at the show last night. ;-> (Or was that only because I could be there "virtually" via the miracle of a sidekick?)
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-01-24 03:22 am (UTC)

Re: who needs a tkil...

I actually did miss you at the show.

And in my bed afterwards.

I got way too used to your being around so much recently.
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