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May 3rd, 2011
07:06 pm
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Feeling Much Better
I seem to have made a surprisingly rapid recovery from one of the nastiest bugs I've been hit with in some time. I think that since Saturday Night, I've slept for a total of something like 48 hours. Last night I started trying to eat solid food again, and today I've been slowly progressing to regular meals.

I don't yet feel 100%, but now I feel like I have a slight cold or something, rather than the Death Leurgy From Hell. I call that an improvement.

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May 1st, 2011
10:10 pm
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Really Quite Sick
I went to bed last night feeling fine and woke up this morning feeling awful. I've spent the last 12 hours in bed sleeping due to extreme fatigue, punctuated with a mad dash to the bathroom every 10-20 minutes.

I even find it hard to concentrate enough to let folks know how sick I am. I have a whole bunch of activities that I'm supposed to participated in this week, and now they're all in question.

So, if you don't hear from me, assume I'm too sick to make it.

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April 22nd, 2011
01:41 pm
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Doin' Pretty Good.
My first week of work was a short one, as its Good Friday today and so there's no official work. I actually spent the morning configuring stuff on the new distro install so I'll be able to be productive on Monday, and so that I can get dual boot working properly (its 97% there. I can dual boot, but its interaction with kernel updates is kludgy).

Anyway, I haven't done much. Most of the week was taken up with the usual first-days-on-a-new-job thing like paperwork and getting accounts set up and reading the basic documentation and stuff. I'm hoping to actually get something accomplished early in the week because I'm flying out to meet my bosses and co-workers in Calgary on Wednesday.

I had initially thought there would be a two-week delay before heading out there, and had hoped to have something small but real to show for myself by then -- to prove that I can hit the ground running. Right now, not so much.

Other than that, I've been in a REALLY good mood the last week or so. Its amazing how much better one can feel when they know enough about their financial future to make reasonable plans.

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April 18th, 2011
09:34 am
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Working Away.
Its quiet here... too quiet.

I've just started my first day of work at Userful. However, although I started at 9:00 am local time, its 7:00 am at the main office in Calgary and no one is there yet, so I haven't actually been given anything to do. Still, I know enough about the project to start reading up on the various bits of documentation I'll need to be familiar with. So far though, my first day of work feels a lot like most of my non-work mornings.

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January 15th, 2011
06:32 am
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Things that go *BUMP* in the Night.
I'm in the middle of another period where my sleep schedule is all screwed up, so I've been working on some of my software through the night. A few minutes ago it gradually registered that I'd been hearing a rhythmic bumping noise for some time.

It wasn't a steady bump-bump-bump, but was more of an rapid series of beats that would grow faster and louder until they stopped, only to start again a second later. Sort of a "bump ... bump ... bump bump ... Bump Bump Bump BUMP BUMPBUMP*BUMP*!!BUMP!! .......

At first I dismissed it as the sound of a neighbors unbalanced dryer, but ... at this time of night? Then I thought it could possibly be a snowplow, but it didn't really sound like one. I wandered the house and it seemed louder in some rooms, quieter in others, with no discernible pattern other than it got louder the farther down I went.

I eventually ended up in the basement only to see that one of our copper water pipes was vibrating frantically. The vibrations would build up until the pipe would move the 3 inches needed to hit the wall, at which point it would stop for a second and then start over. It looked like it was planning to tear itself out from the wall if I didn't do something.

I stuffed a handy jug between the wall and the pipe, to damp the vibrations, and stood wondering what could be causing this wild behaviour. The only thing I could think of was some sort of broken pipe gushing water somewhere, but I would probably have noticed such a thing (if it was in our house) while looking for the source of the noise.

Then I noticed that the sewage stack I was standing beside had a continuous sound of rushing water, but I knew there were no taps on in the house, and that water had to be coming from somewhere in our condo. I traced the faint sound of running water all the way back up the stairs to the second floor, and to the bathroom.

There I noticed that the toilet tank was giving off a continuous "sssstick ssstick ssstick" noise. It dawned on me that the toilet valve hadn't seated itself properly the last time the toilet was flushed, and the water was continually draining from the tank and needing to be refilled. The noise was the on/off of the new toilet fill valve. It was cycling on and off at just the right frequency to set up a major oscillation in the pipes in the basement.

So, jiggling the handle solved the problem, but it does have me worried, as it could easily happen again and I don't know how much punishment our basement pipes could take. Since it was the cold inlet pipe into the water heater that was vibrating, much mess could occur if it were to fail. I'm going to have to looking into permanently putting a block of wood or something on that pipe, so it can't vibrate freely any more.

And now I think I need to go lay down a bit and calm my nerves.

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January 9th, 2011
02:27 pm
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Party
Linda and I went out to Pierre and Susana's party last night. It was a combined Birthday party for Susana and Peter McCurdy. I had a really good time, but I found myself wishing I could split into multiple people, because there just wasn't enough time in the evening to talk to all the folks that I wanted to reconnect with. There were people there that I only seem to see once or twice a year, and at least one that I hadn't seen in four years or so.

I am going to have to spend some time pondering ways for me to make sure I get to see some of these amazing people a bit more often than I have. Not always easy though, what with everyone having such busy lives.

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December 29th, 2010
08:16 pm
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Secret Decoder Ring Time
"The Sausages Are Dancing on My Aunties Hat."

Actually, I am just checking to see that exactly one (1) copy of this public post shows up on facebook.

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December 25th, 2010
07:17 pm
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Frimblemass
Just wanting to say "Happy Frimblemass" to all you Zebumans out there!

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December 15th, 2010
06:58 am
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Bleah
For the last three or four weeks I've been feeling very positive and upbeat, with no real reason for it. For the last few days to a week, I've noticed it start to change into a slide into depression. Again, I don't see any real reason for it.

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November 30th, 2010
04:19 pm
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Speed is Relative
With my old computer it regularly took me 8+ hours to rip a DVD movie to my hard drive. Then I got me my nifty new speedy machine and that time dropped to an hour. I was just grumbling because its back up to 8+ hours, but that's because I'm now ripping multiple DVDs for an entire season in one go.

No doubt I'll eventually get a faster computer, things will speed up, but it will have blue-ray technology (or something even higher density) and when I start ripping those, I'll be back to 8+ hours.

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