Data Migration
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:58 pm)

It's a big day at work today, we're upgrading from Microsoft CRM 1.2 to 3.0. Not a terribly difficult upgrade, but because we're moving to a new server with a separate SQL server at the same time, it is complicated. I've been learning SQL Reporting Services this afternoon and I have to say, it's way better than Crystal Reports.

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Air Delay
Posted in General
Last dog watch, 3 bells (7:59 pm)

Well something came up and Dave, our supreme HVAC man couldn't make it back to run the power to the A/C unit. He's coming by tomorrow to hook it up. Apart from that, everything's ready to go. Plus I cleaned up my garage, my wife is happy about that. We actually have quite a bit of room in there now.

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New Shows on Cartoon Network
Posted in Anime
Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:37 pm)

Last night (for our usual Monday Anime night) we watched Trinity Blood and Bleach, two new shows that Cartoon Network wisely decided to add to their lineup. Because just about everything else they're playing sucks.

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Air Conditioning Installation
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:14 pm)

The A/C guys are at my house right now installing our new system. I took a few mintues last night and this morning to clean up around the garage some to make it easier to run 220v power from the breaker panel to the site where the AC unit will live. I realized that, while my garage does have a lot of stuff in it, most of it just isn't organized well, and I do have a lot of space available if I take the time to organize things better.

Pellet Stove Decision
Posted in General
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:36 pm)

Regarding my previous post about a pellet stove, we found the one we are going to buy, you can see it on Lennox's site here. With installation, it'll end up costing a little over $3k

Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:12 am)

Lorien and I are planning a mini-vacation at the end of the month, we're going to head down to Portland and visit some family, and spend a couple days on the Oregon coast. It should be a fun trip, and I'll get to see Jodie's baby.

12 Sept Update: We're driving down on the 22nd and will be staying until either the 29th or the 30th.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Movie
Posted in Anime
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:08 am)

The Fullmetal Alchemist movie will be released tomorrow on DVD. Yay!

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Pellet Stoves
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:07 am)

Saturday my wife and I went out looking at pellet stoves, to put in our downstairs library. They're pretty expensive, but I was shocked when I saw relatively similar inserts (we want to put it in the wall, not standing out in the open taking up tons of space) for radically different prices—one was fully $1500 more than the other. We also got some conflicting information, which made me wonder if the more expensive place knew what they were talking about or were just trying to fleece some money out of us. We're going out at lunch today to look at one more place before we decide who to go with.

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Garage Cleaning
Posted in Random Thoughts
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:08 am)

I did some quick rearranging in my garage this morning in case the A/C people show up today to install the system. I have too much crap in my garage.

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Catan Scenario
Posted in Hobbies
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:10 pm)

Mayfair Games, the US publisher of the great Settlers of Catan series of games is sponsoring a Scenario Contest right now, and I finished writing my first submission: The Thief of Catanwood:
(This scenario is also available as a pdf: Catanwood.pdf)

The Title
Thief of Catanwood Forest

The Story
A Thief has taken up residence in the Catanwood Forest. While he is well-intentioned and people living on the edge of Catanwood benefit from his actions, those in power fear him and have hired a Sheriff to bring him to justice.

The Set-Up

New Components
In addition to the standard components from the normal Settlers game, you'll need:

Special Rules




Game End
The first player with 12 victory points during his or her turn wins the game.

Air Conditioning
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:52 am)

Last night we had our friendly AC guy over (he takes good care of my in-laws) to get a quote on adding air conditioning to our house. We've been talking about it for over a year, and it's high time to get it done. Unfortunately, it's going to cost $2500, but I can look forward to cool summers forever more.

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Long Day
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:58 pm)

Today has been a pain in the ASP. I've been updating ASP pages for the new CRM server at the office and it's tedious and annoying to get everything back up and working on the new system. Microsoft also decided that, in their great wisdom, it'd be a good idea to change some of the SQL tables around, so I have to go through each file by hand and fix queries so they work again. This project is taking longer than I thought it would.

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Weeding Out Spam Comments
Posted in Tech
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:10 am)

Until someone writes a copy of what my friend Mike wrote (ReverseDOS) that I can use with WordPress in a Linux environment, I'll keep experimenting with anti-spam comment measures. My latest idea comes from perusing my logfiles and noticing that most spam comments are posted directly to the comments page and aren't being http-referred there from another page on my site. A simple code addition to the comments page (wp_comments_post.php, line 49 or so) should fix that:

if(!ereg("", $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'])) {
die(__('Error: Spam comments are not allowed here.'));

Obviously, you could substitue your own server name for mine. Or not, if you don't want any comments. You could also be more restrictive: ereg for "^" … I prefer not to, because my site is sometimes reached by I suppose I could do ereg("^http://(www\.)?", $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']), but come on, what's the point?

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Tesla Coil-ed
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:50 am)

This guy is cool, although I bet he's been hit by a few of those bolts from his Tesla Coil himself—just listen to the way he talks...

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Take That, Police!
Posted in Strangeness, Tech
First dog watch, 2 bells (5:16 pm)

Here is a sad but happily-ending story about an Austrian girl that was kidnapped and held for eight years. Her captor committed suicide shortly after she escaped, and police found he used a Commodore 64 for all his computing needs. Apparently the computer forensic technicians are going to have some trouble getting to his personal files.

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