jimtbari - Jim, spanning 20 months

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Dec. 23rd, 2006 01:02 pm


2006-12-23 13:02 - Yay in the OED

Firefox's spell check did not like "yay", so I had to look it up. The thing I find most interesting is that it includes, in its cites, the alternate spellings of "yaay" and "yayyy".
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Sep. 12th, 2006 11:40 pm


2006-09-12 23:40 - Sing sing!

My chorus is singing this weekend, Saturday at noon, at Crump Park. I'm pretty sure it's free to get in.

I've been meaning to post something about this, but I kept not getting around to it. Fortunately, petite_tadpole just nagged me.

We're also singing that evening for some sort of fund raiser. If only five of you came, that'll probably pay for our chorus. (I dunno the details.)
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Jul. 16th, 2006 10:42 am


2006-07-16 10:42 - Baaaah

I need to make a sheep icon. Even though I almost never do memes.

You are about 20 years old
The teen repellent will no longer foil you, but you can still hear some pretty high tones.

The highest pitched ultrasonic mosquito ringtone that I can hear is 16.7kHz
Test your own hearing at Ultrasonic ringtones

I've been planning on making myself some morse code high pitched ringtones (though I haven't decided what it'll say yet--probably P-H-O-N-E or something equally lame). And I'd been meaning to test how far up my hearing went, so I was happy to see thnidu do this one, saving me from making my own.

16.7kHz is still a bit higher than I plan on doing; I'll probably do in the 15kHz range, probably around 14917Hz since that's a B flat (with A = 440Hz). Though I seriously doubt I could distinguish that from 15Khz; I think it's only about 10 cents different.

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Jul. 4th, 2006 02:39 pm


2006-07-04 14:39

The shuttle has launched. Go Discovery!
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May. 25th, 2006 11:04 am


2006-05-25 11:04 - Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Sign seen today:

Employees must wash hands.
Or you won't get that pony we promised you
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May. 24th, 2006 12:49 pm


2006-05-24 12:49

So work has bought me a new laptop, and it has arrived. A question arises that I should have given thought to before now, but I hadn't.

Poll #735331 Laptop!
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12

What should I name it?

Isn't a default name of "jims-computer" totally lame of Apple?

View Answers
11 (91.7%)
0 (0.0%)
You're a hopeless geek for caring at all
1 (8.3%)

Ticky box?

View Answers
1 (9.1%)
Ticky ticky
3 (27.3%)
1 (9.1%)
Gvpxl Obk!
2 (18.2%)
location: Work (Meredith House, last full week)
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May. 13th, 2006 11:15 pm


2006-05-13 23:15 - Aha!

I now know why karaoke is pronounced so strangely. I won't go so far as to say my life is complete, but that's confused me for quite some time. (Mainly since I took that semester of Japanese.)
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May. 11th, 2006 02:18 pm


2006-05-11 14:18 - Splort

You know, most people you hear about who spray their screen with coffee at least got to read something amusing that made them do it. Me, I just had to cough at just the wrong moment.
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Apr. 15th, 2006 07:39 pm


2006-04-15 19:39

Tree Hugger.
location: Home
mood: bemused
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Apr. 14th, 2006 10:11 am


2006-04-14 10:11

Having caffeine early1 in response to a "crisis is over" situation was not a good idea. I'm bouncy and not making much sense.

Or perhaps it was a good idea, from the recreational-drug standpoint. If I had my blood pressure monitor, I might know for sure. (I think it's been fine lately; I've only been checking on a weekly basis though.)

1. I typically refrain until the afternoon, just before lunch, because I'm typically bouncy in the morning anyway and added caffeine does not really help the situation, except perhaps for entertainment value.

location: Office
mood: bouncy
music: My office AC
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Mar. 8th, 2006 12:31 am


2006-03-08 00:31 - Well, that was fun.

I'm fine.

As I was driving home tonight, 6ish, I noticed chest pain. So, rather than continue home, I stopped at the emergency room. My, but it's amazing how quickly bureaucracy happens when you utter the magical incantations of "chest pain" and "dizziness".

Turns out it wasn't a heart attack, by all the measures they did (chest X-ray, cardiac enzymes, EKG, probably other things I'm forgetting). In fact, they have no idea what it was. But I'm to make an appointment for a stress test in the next couple of days.

Oh, I mentioned quickness? Amazing how slowly things happen after they've determined it wasn't cardiac arrest. (I don't mind, let me hasten to add--at that point, others needed their attentions more than I did. An ER should be and is a priority queue, not FIFO.)

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Feb. 9th, 2006 11:35 pm


2006-02-09 23:35 - Phone again, phone again, jiggety GIP

A couple days ago, my phone died. I've been meaning to stop by a T-Mobile store to see what they could do, thinking mainly of taking Katie's old phone (the same model) and making it have my phone number, but I haven't had the opportunity to do so. It didn't occur to me until a couple hours ago to just try switching the SIM card.

That quick, I have a phone again, yippee! I'm glad now that I copied all the addresses from the phone onto the card a week or so ago...

Oh and I don't think I've used my Princess icon before in a post (though I know I have in comments).

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Dec. 31st, 2005 07:00 pm


2005-12-31 19:00 - Happy leap second!

Sat Dec 31 18:59:58 EST 2005
Sat Dec 31 18:59:59 EST 2005
Sat Dec 31 18:59:60 EST 2005
Sat Dec 31 19:00:00 EST 2005

(actually date(1) did not do this. But let's pretend it did.)
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Dec. 21st, 2005 01:35 pm


2005-12-21 13:35

Happy Solstice, and a slightly belated Merry Kitzmas!

And Princess says:


Ah, kittens.
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Dec. 15th, 2005 12:08 am


2005-12-15 00:08 - It's a girl!

Katie's been wanting a new pet for a while. Yesterday, we finally found out from the landlord for sure that we could go ahead and get a kitten without having to pay any extra pet deposit or rent. Last night, we went and got one from Perfect Pets. (They have a deal with a local shelter, or possibly multiple shelters; I'm not sure.)

Katie and I call her "Princess". Yes, her given name starts with a Z. Shut up.

Link wasn't too thrilled at the new addition.Collapse ) There was a fair amount of hissing (mostly on Link's side). They calmed down eventually, and are currently in a fairly uneasy truce. But the princess seems to be winning. She's sleeping in one of Link's favorite spots, and a few minutes ago Link went up next to her and hissed. She opened her eyes, looked at him briefly, and went back to sleep. Link went away.
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Dec. 1st, 2005 01:00 pm


2005-12-01 13:00 - Don't make the baby Jesus cry.

Just don't, okay?
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Sep. 28th, 2005 10:45 am


2005-09-28 10:45

I doubt I've mentioned it here, since I'm so lousy at posting, but since I hadn't taken a class in a year or so (and since free[1] classes are one of my benefits), I decided to take something. I chose accounting, since it seemed like it would be fun. :-)

Anyway, I have a test tonight. Despite great effort on my part to do so, I find myself completely unable to stress about it. I have thus studied very little, aside from having kept up with the homework and keeping from sleeping in class. Multiple choice tests, yawn.

[1] Free, that is, if you ignore the books. I think I've spent over $200 for the two books in this one class. Was not expecting that at all.
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2005-09-22 23:50 - So why have I not heard of this before?

Because I pay very, very little attention, that's why. But still, I would have expected norabombay to have mentioned that The Producers was being remade on the big screen.
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Sep. 22nd, 2005 02:18 pm


2005-09-22 14:18 - ...which is why engineers sometimes smell really bad

Four new demotivators. Shiny!

I <3 despair.com. I was quite peeved at them for not having anything new on their calendars last year.

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Aug. 11th, 2005 11:04 am


2005-08-11 11:04 - Oh, Hell

There have been times when I feel I'm too detached, when I've wondered if I have any empathy at all.

This is not one of those times

(Full news in norabombay's journal for those who don't want to register, and for when the article goes away.)

I've only met Jim maybe three or four times, briefly, but this hit me really hard. I wish I didn't have to be social today. I want to just hole up and cry.

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2005-07-12 16:20 - Various newses, since divinerose asked

Let's see...

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Jul. 12th, 2005 12:16 pm


2005-07-12 12:16 - Sigline

"Let me flag that as important, so I can ignore it in the future."
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Jun. 22nd, 2005 01:01 am


2005-06-22 01:01 - Where am I going with this, again?

About half an hour ago, I finally found my birth certificate! (I've been searching for days, after I finally looked for it, on Thursday, in the box I knew it was in.) I may need it to get across the border (one way or the other) to a conference that a friend and I are going to.

While I was looking for it, I also found my Palm T3, which has been missing since the move (two and a half weeks ago), and a couple of checks that people had written me, likewise missing. I'd put them in the bag I'm keeping in the car that contains my grandfather's 2003 Christmas present, so that I wouldn't forget them.

On the bag, incidentally, is the name of the store where Katie and I purchased the gift.

"Things to Remember"

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Jun. 17th, 2005 10:29 am


2005-06-17 10:29 - GIP

Tags: ,
Moving often sucks.

It'll be two weeks this Monday in the new place. Just got DSL hooked up this week, and it's been busy at work....so at the beginning of this week, my friends list was at skip=800 or so. I'm caught up now. Yes, I'm an addict. And if you're wondering why I was leaving so few comments, that's why.

In other news, the dryer didn't like its new home and manifested its displeasure by making metal-scraping noises, so we've been hanging clothes here and there. Finally[1] got the Sears dude to come today[2], and made the mistake of picking up Link to keep him from running out. When the guy knocked on the door, Link let me know that his flight instinct had kicked in and he wanted to be let down now, please. See icon.

[1] Only took so long because it took me that long to call, of course.

[2] Yay for warranties! Problem appears to have been that the floor has an interesting sense of what "flat" means, so it needed balancing.
Tags: ,
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Jun. 8th, 2005 04:47 pm


2005-06-08 16:47 - Haiku

Hot and muggy day
with a sudden thunderstorm
smells like Florida.
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Jun. 1st, 2005 12:31 pm


2005-06-01 12:31 - Oy

The local coffee shop has its smoking section upstairs from the rest of the place. This is usually sufficient.

Today, it wasn't. Here, asprin, asprin, asprin!

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May. 18th, 2005 03:26 pm


2005-05-18 15:26 - The number you have dialed is not in service. Please check the number and try again.

Looks like we've had the Number of the Beast wrong all these years:

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May. 2nd, 2005 02:30 pm


2005-05-02 14:30 - The Return of Ethshar

Lawrence Watt-Evans has decided to serialize the next Ethshar novel on the web.

Ethshar is, I think, pretty good light fantasy. He's written some not light fantasy (which was so mispackaged that I know one person who's said she wouldn't read non-Ethshar books from him anymore. Said mispackaging is, IIRC, the reason he's now with Tor and not Del Rey).

Anyway, it'll get finished assuming he gets enough in donations. He has three chapters up right now (out of 35ish) and has two more paid for (and I think six done). Chapters come out once a week, given the whole payment thing.
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Apr. 22nd, 2005 01:16 pm


2005-04-22 13:16 - Of toothbrushes and music geekery

A few weeks ago, I realized my electric toothbrush was in dire need of new batteries. So I added some new ones, no big deal. But I wish I'd done so earlier, as in retrospect it had sucked for a while. The problem with such things is that it's often hard to tell when they've crossed over the line, since it's always going to be pretty similar to what it was last time; there's a slow downhill slide that's not always easy to notice happening.

So I decided I needed some sort of measure of how good the batteries were. "I'll just compare it to the pitch of the bathroom fan," I said. It turns out they're just about an octave apart. I'm not sure where I'm going to draw the line. Probably around a minor seventh or a major sixth.

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Apr. 15th, 2005 02:03 pm


2005-04-15 14:03 - Merry Christmas, Uncle Sam

I did our taxes this last weekend, and sent them in (well, the Federal stuff anyway) last night. As expected, we owed a bunch.

Since we were giving them a gift, we used the last of the Santa stamps:
Front of tax envelopeCollapse )

The back was even sillier.Collapse )
I hope whoever opens it has a sense of humor left by the time they get to open it, so they have a laugh, not a moment of "oh, what did those &#$!s do to this $@&!% envelope?".
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