Late Dinner Date
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First watch, 3 bells (9:35 pm)

Lorien just called and wants to have dinner in Coeur d'Alene. We're going to the IHOP for some late-evening dinner. Lunch today was huge, and I haven't been very hungry since.

PS. IHOP closes at 10pm here. When I pulled in to the parking lot, I noticed two kids making out in one of the cars, so I made sure I parked head-on to them and ruined the mood. I'm such an mean old man!

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First watch, 2 bells (9:17 pm)

My transcode didn't work. I get random black frames, possibly from compressing all the video (172 minutes) on to one DVD. Yeah, I know, I shouldn't have done it, but VCD is a lower quality, I should be able to fit that much on a DVD.

I also got a call today about my wireless Internet connection. After over a month of going back and forth (and paying for a site survey), Imbris doesn't want to go through with it because they have too many "problems." Disappointing, but I have a couple of other options. I'm sick of overpaying for a terminally (hehe) slow DSL connection.

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Friday, Finally!
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First watch, 1 bell (8:55 pm)

It's been a heck of a week! I spent most of my time yesterday and today tracking down an obscure error in the way I was using the MySQL C API. It was a random memory overwrite and was a real bugger to track. On top of that, a completely separate program that I have nothing to do with was failing and making it look like my program was still broken!

I've had a real tough time dealing with my Dell corporate reps, too. Usually they're great, but this week for some reason has been a great challenge.

On a nicer side, I've just finished transcoding the first four episodes of a Taiwan production of 笑傲江湖 from old VCDs to a DVD. I even had the chance to speak Mandarin twice this week! Once in Seattle buying the final 金庸 books that I was missing, and once on Wednesday; there's a woman from mainland China that works for the other company we share building space with. I don't see her very often, but it's really great to brush up once in a while. Lorien and I had lunch at Qdoba today and talked about how lucky I am that in all these years I haven't forgotten my second language.

And I'm still on the fence about seeing Cinematic Titanic in Portland. It's a six hour drive and my mom and sister are both in Virginia Beach with my other sister.

Well that about wraps up my week. It's going to take all weekend to wind down. Tomorrow we have a barbecue and a dinner party to go to!

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