How was your day dear?: August 2004 Archives

38.1C :(

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Hit 38.1C tonight - going up, not down :(:(

Felt like crap all day. As a consequence got absolutely nothing done (except getting through quite a lot of book 2 of the Mallorean).

Cause if it is then that means I'm sick, which is annoying cause I never get sick. gar. Chucked earlier which is always fun. Not. That's twice in two weeks for no good reason. Not happy Jan.

Urghhh

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I think today was worse than the other day. I'd rant about my boss, but it'd probably sound irrational. Let's just say I'm sick of his rudeness and the fact that he just doesn't like me.

One of Josh's axolotls died today which was very sad (on his birthday of all day). I'm worried that they might have gone out and gotten another one.. yay, let's just put a perfectly happy animal in a tank where the ammonia is through the roof. I can see multiple fatalities coming up. :(

Dropped into BigW on the way home. I knew I had a couple of dvds in my bag, but I thought they were in the back pocket. As I left the store, of course they checked my bag as usual but didn't say anything. Then when I got home I found one of the dvds sitting right on top of the section of the bag I showed them. So they checked my bag, saw the dvd sitting on top, but said nothing! How bizarre is that! Maybe they figure that dvds are all electronically tagged and would have set off the alarms.

Across, Up, Down

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Spent a good portion of today labelling my USA photos. Did six days. hrm, many more days to go. Even if I do a day for day, it'll take five weeks to finish.

Went to Sami's AMS concert tonight which was fantastic as always. Aside from sitting behind the world's most obnoxious kid. They even did a PVC-pipe act, my favourite of all the acts they've ever done over the years.

Of the two corys I bought yesterday, one is dead and the other will probably be dead by tomorrow. I'm very sad :( Poor little fishies. Dunno what's killed them, perhaps all the crap on the bottom of the tank at the moment, which has been accumulating since the last two corys died (they're the best little tank cleaners around). Going to have to pull all the plants up and scour the gravel of all the mildew that's been growing. urgh.

Whoops

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I blinked and today disappeared.

The plan was to work through labelling my USA photos. The reality was spending most of it out of the house or doing boring houseworky stuff.

I did buy two new fish - a couple of cory catfish for the big tank.

Man I'm tired. Doesn't help getting only 6 hours sleep after a video night at Evilhouse East. I'm wondering whether I should keep going to them, they mostly play movies I have no interest in whatsoever. Last night they played "Friend", a Korean movie which I thought for the first three quarters was going to be a waste of two hours of my life. It got *slightly* better right near the end when I finally started to make sense of who was who and where they fitted into it. The alternative was Bowling for Columbine which I would like to have seen but the other guys had seen it recently, doh!

Had a frustrating lunch waiting in post office queues, trying to fill in bank deposit slips in a bank branch with no pens, and rain to make it all interesting.

Spent most of the rest of the day researching quota software.

I didn't mention last night that I'm going skiing! It couldn't have been easier. I did a Google search to find a mob to go with. Then I just called them up and said "I want to go" and they said "cool what's your credit card number" and that was it. Too easy. Sadly I'm going by myself because I don't have friends that ski. Actually I have three. Two of them I may have gone with but they both piked to due family and boat committments. The other was going on a "family holiday" and I was told in no uncertain terms that if I to the same resort as them in the same week I'd get in trouble. yay. And George sided with them which annoyed me. But I was not going to let this great snow go unskiied, so stuff them all, I'm going by myself.

And trying to clean up all the crap in my flat. There's just too much stuff that doesn't have homes, so it all piles up in heaps that must then be sorted through.

Sleepless in Sydney

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Watched Sleepless in Seattle with George tonight. We're both hopeless romantics at heart.. kinda like the friends in the movie heh. Was cool seeing Seattle and the Space Needle for the first time in a movie since actually being there. Really need to watch Short Circuit again to see Astoria.

Had a very frustrating day today looking at ways of managing quotas and reporting on user disk usage. QuotaAdvisor 4.1 (by wquinn) doesn't work on Windoze 2003 server, and it's since been bought out by Veritas, which means paying them $2500-odd for an upgrade. Well QuotaAdvisor has always been a bit crappy, so now I'm thinking it might be time to look at something else.

I was also looking at some sort of tool to report the disk usage by a user. w2k3 comes with a tool called "diskuse" but it barfs on certain directories which isn't particularly helpful. Not to mention that file ownership is a mystical thing that sometimes bears no relation to reality. Especially if that file is copied somewhere by an administrator, and forevermore is owned by the administrators group, not the user. yay.

Was even thinking about disk usage by directory. FullDisk is a great utility I've been using for years, but our file server now has so many files that it kills the machine just running it. So it's not the most practical application to run regular reports for people who want to know where all their file server space is going.

It's all too much really. I really don't want to go to work tomorrow :(

So, a 27 hour birthday essentially. That is, 27 hours from when I first woke up til I finally went to bed. Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes :):)

Still have no idea what made me sick yesterday morning. Guess I'll never know. Was still feeling icky when I went out for lunch - did the relly bash thing with the parents, me little brother and Yvonne, and Andrew and his parents. We went to an all-you-can-eat buffet in Wollongong. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to eat anything, but as it turned out I had a huge lunch and didn't feel sick anymore afterward.

After lunch we went shopping, and then back to me brother's, where we watched some Imax dvds, including one on Mt St Helens which was cool cause we were only just there the other month.

An hour and a half trip to get home later and then I headed straight out again - went with Chris and Ric to a trance party in town. Was lots of fun. Even took a timeout to go to a pub to see Thorpie win gold in the 400m. Finally got home around 5am, and got a few hours sleep in before church :)

Think I might have an afternoon siesta now though.

What with lotus notes and xp sp2 clogging up my brain, it has room for little else.

Watched Dragonheart with George tonight. mmm meat meat meat meat.. and of course Jason :)

um. not much else to report. sorry. :)

Where was I?

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Had a thoroughly sucky day today. I've put in an order for a better day tomorrow. Dunno why it was so bad. Just trying to get my brain around tedious stuff mostly.

I actually got invited to go skiing this weekend. But this weekend would have to have been the worst that could have come up. Any other weekend I may have said stuff the expense and the crowds and just gone. But for about the same price I could go midweek and get five full days of skiing for the same price. So I sadly declined. But I'm definitely going to go this year. Even if I have to go by myself! The snow is just too good to pass up, and with global warming it may never be this good again.

Had an interesting night though - did a breakdown of all my USA costs to see where all my money went. It was quite interesting. I ended up spending about $7800 on the trip, plus another coupla thousand on cameras and hard drives and memory and shoes and the like.

Now I think I'll go to bed to recover from kaos waking me up in the middle of the night last night.

So last night I couldn't post cause the webserver was down. The only thing of vague interest that happened yesterday was that I found that it takes a very long time to shut down computers if you have set them to clear their page file on shut down and the machine is very old. We have an old Dell 2400 with 3x9gb disks in a raid 5. With the "clear pagefile on shutdown" security option set it took five full minutes to shut down. Turned it off and all is well. Silly thing is, newer servers work just fine with this setting. Oh well.

So then I get home and the webserver is not responding. Call Campbell, as we haven't been paged yet. He had a joyous night at the exchange while I foolishly didn't turn off the pager and it woke me up every half hour until I finally turned the damned thing off at 3am.

Today was a bit of a non-event. We had a last minute lunch outing at which I ate a terribly big lunch. 10pm and I still haven't felt hungry. Might have some cheese so I don't wake up *tomorrow* at 3am :) Also spent three hours labelling some of my USA photos. Didn't get very far. Spent most of the time looking at maps and street directories of Sydney and LA to figure out what I took pictures of.

The smallest tank is just about setup for the kribs. Not sure if the filter will be good enough, there's still a lot of crap around. Or the light, just using a halogen desk lamp to try and make the plants grow enough to soak up the nitrates.

Yes, yes we are

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Well after plan A dinner plans looked in doubt, I tried to arrange plan B with Chris, but he wasn't overly enthusiastic and for a while I thought I'd be home all night watching the telly. But as I was pulling apart one of my mosaics I thought I'll just check and see if plan A was still on. It was. So had a lovely night out. Only five of us there for dinner which is a remarkably small number for sunday night dinner.

Are we there yet?

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Feeling very unmotivated and blah at the moment. Dunno why. Maybe it's cause dinner got cancelled. Maybe it's cause the weekend is nearly over and I have to go back to work tomorrow. Can I go home now?

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