Free Fantasy and SciFi Online
Posted in Books
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:30 pm)

I just found out that Baen books makes quite a few good books available online, for free. I've already downloaded a couple for my PDA.

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Big Honking Safe
Posted in General
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:42 pm)

I ordered a custom safe a few weeks ago for the office, and they delivered it today. It's sweet. It's a basic gun-safe model, but there's a separate, lockable safe welded to the inside, as well as several shelves and a storage space at the bottom. It's so safe, in fact, that I can't even open it!

Apparently the combination we were given is either totally bogus or something went wrong with the mechanism. The manufacturer said it was tested before being loaded on the truck and shipped here. I suspect the middle-men I went through to get it made didn't test it themselves, though. They delivered it, found it wouldn't open, then left, got a hold of the manufacturer, then came back and loaded it back on the truck and took it back. That's a lot of work, this thing is big and heavy. It's honking big and heavy. I would have tested it before delivering it, personally. I suppose it's an easy thing to overlook, but these guys sell safes all day long—I'd expect them to be pretty good. And they are taking care of it, just seems to me like they should have found the problem before bringing it over here.

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Yearly Checkup
Posted in General
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:36 pm)

Today I had a yearly physical with my doctor. I've been a little worried, because most of the time I go donate blood (I go every two months, health permitting) my blood pressure is a little on the high side. Well, the doctor says I'm perfectly fine. Perhaps it was because I hadn't been to work yet, and when I do donate blood I do so during a lunchbreak from work, where the pressures of the day have pushed me up a little higher than normal.

Anyway, the doctor gave me a perfectly clean bill of health (minus bloodwork, they took a sample and sent it off to the lab today, I won't know about that until next week.

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Fixed the Now Reading Plugin
Posted in Tech
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:30 am)

Well, my last post was about mostly fixing the Now Reading plugin for WordPress. Today, I have finished fixing it, although it's not the best fix. I added a little more to the rewrite rules in Apache, after the first block I specified last time:

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     RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} library/?$
     RewriteRule library/?$ /blog/index.php?now_reading_library=true [L]

And everything works fine now.

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