Sunday, December 31, 2006

Unhappy new year

The day that the Broncos season ends always sucks. I suppose there have only been two days where the Broncos season ended that didn't suck. I can still remember those days like they were yesterday, and that does tend to give me some comfort....nah, it still sucks. If your team is close to making the playoffs - but doesn't - all you can think about is the missed opportunities. Obviously today's game was one big opportunity to make it, but since I didn't see the game (and here's a memo to myself - spend the money on the stupid NFL.com radio thingy next year so that when there is a crucial game being played that isn't on TV you can at least listen to it and not rely on the nigh-worthless ESPN.com game tracker) all I can remember is leaving Peyton Manning too much time on the clock after we'd tied it at 31-all in week 8, blowing the 24-7 lead against the Chargers in week 11, or letting the Seahawks convert that 3rd and long that put them in position to kick the game-winning field goal in week 13. Oh, and of course, Adam Sheffter's report just before the Chiefs game that Jake was going to be benched whether they won or not on Thanksgiving night. That really helped our cause - thanks a lot you dis-loyal bastard. So now they finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs - even worse, by losing they let the Chiefs in. As you can imagine, that just sizzles my bacon.

So the season is over - no playoffs, no Super Bowl - but I guess I should try to focus on some positives. First and foremost, we got ourselves a Quarterback. The kid has an absolute cannon for an arm, and that 99-yard drive he led against the Bengals (and the 80-yarder he led tonight to tie the game) was a thing of beauty. He got 5 games worth of invaluable experience as he takes over the reigns for good next season. We have plenty of play-makers on offense, the defensive player of the year (and if it goes to anybody else someone should be shot) and thanks to the events of the evening, we'll have a 3rd-place schedule next year!! W00t!! We do have some needs, and hopefully they can be addressed in the off-season.

Ultimately, while it didn't end the way I had hoped, I'll always remember the 2006 season because I finally made it to Denver to see them play at home - and beat the Chiefs :0)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Behold....the Bronco room!

When the idea of buying a home was brought up, the first thing I said was that if I owned a home, it would have to have a Batcave. Some place that was really cool where I could keep all my really cool stuff. Of course it would have to be underground (bats optional), have a hidden entrance and space for the Bat-mobile. It became quickly apparent that since we wouldn't be moving into Wayne manor (and since basements were frowned upon in this area) if I wanted my own space it would have to be a spare room. Then when we finally bought our house, we could only afford the 2BR model, so we only had one spare room. I figured the batcave would have to wait - I did however request that the color scheme for the 2nd bedroom/office have some degree of Bronco orange and Bronco blue in it. This led to more than one argument on the subject between Allison and I - she's just not as big a fan of the color orange as I am. Anyway, since we moved in a month ago, the office has been used primarily as a dumping ground while we got the rest of the house situated. We had planned to get to the office at some point....however, last night I came home and saw that Allison had spent her entire day off creating the Bronco room! She painted, re-arranged and set up the entire room - she even managed to hook up all the computers correctly! How awesome is that??! I thought I'd share what a great job she did....yes, she is available to paint your house too, for a modest fee...



Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Top 20 Geek quotes....

1. There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

2. If at first you don't succeed; call it version 1.0.

3. Microsoft: "You've got questions. We've got dancing paperclips."

4. My pokemon bring all the nerds to the yard, and they're like you wanna trade cards? Darn right, I wanna trade cards, I'll trade this but not my charizard.

5. 1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d t0 g37 l41d.

6. I'm not anti-social; I'm just not user friendly.

7. I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code.

8. Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

9. Roses are #FF0000, Violets are #0000FF; All my base are belong to you.

10. My software never has bugs. It just develops random features.

11. Once upon a midnight dreary, while i porn surfed, weak and weary, over many a strange and spurious site of 'hot xxx galore'. While i clicked my fav'rite bookmark, suddenly there came a warning, and my heart was filled with mourning, mourning for my dear amour, " 'Tis not possible!", i muttered, "give me back my free hardcore!" quoth the server, 404.

12. Girls are like internet domain names - the ones I like are already taken.

13. Well It looks like an ID10T Error...

14. That's a PEBKAC problem. (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)

15. Who wants to be cool when you can be a nerd?

16. Software is like sex: It's better when it's free.

17. Ethernet (n): something used to catch the etherbunny.

18. You know it's love when you memorize her IP number to skip DNS overhead.

19. UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.

20. Geeks are HOT!!!

Friday, December 22, 2006

2 years and counting...

Today at the Packet's Christmas luncheon I was awarded with a perfect attendance certificate for 2006. It was my 2nd such certificate in a row, and 3rd in my 4 years since returning from my hiatus in Idaho. I mention this because even though most people ridicule me for assigning such importance to earning one extra vacation day instead of using the provided 80 hours of paid time off from work, I still remain proud of myself for achieving this milestone. The first few times I got the perfect attendance recognition, I was happy because I had been such a sickly child that I never got it in school. However, this year was different - because of all the issues with my neck, there were more than a few days where I seriously did not want to get out of bed in the morning. It could of course be argued that maybe instead of working I should have been at home resting said neck, and perhaps it would be healing faster....but then I would have missed out on some very exciting helpdesk tickets, such as the one asking us to fix the Internet.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Answer is Denver

From: CNN Breaking News
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 17:13:03 -0500
Subject: CNN Breaking News

-- Allen Iverson traded by Philadelphia 76ers to Denver Nuggets, NBA source tells The Associated Press.

Sweet! NBA Finals here we come! Oh, and David Stern can shove that new ball right up his butt for suspending 'Melo for 15 games but only giving 6 games to the guy who started it and doing nothing to the coach who ordered the hit. The NBA has an image problem alright....not because of its players, but because it's run by a bunch of n00bs.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The GOAT

So I just spent the last hour of my Saturday and the first hour of my Sunday on the phone with the Packet. They couldn't get page 7A to print, and my services were called upon. I have literally been called to fix problems with pages at night hundreds of times over the nearly 8 total years I've been at the Packet. In all that time, I've never not been able to print the page in question. I've seen it all - or so I thought. Tonight's problem was unlike anything I've ever encountered. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING I tried got the page to print. I won't bore you with the details - suffice-it-to-say, I thought tonight would be the first time ever that I wouldn't be able to fix the problem, and a page just wouldn't print. As a last resort, I called Chris to see if he could rescue me. I'm sure that I woke him up but he was ready to go instantly (this compares to yours truly, who when woken up by the Packet normally takes 2-to-3 minutes to remember what I do for a living, let alone ready to problem solve). He calmly listened to me recite the steps I had taken to try to print the page and then said "Ok - why don't you try to send the page with the publication info set to a page that has already printed". Sure enough, that did the trick. I let the man get back to bed, called the Packet back and told them the page was on its way.

Even though Rule of Acquisition number 33 clearly states that it never hurts to suck up to the boss, that is not the objective of this post. Instead, it is merely a tribute to a fellow IT professional who has once again saved the day. Here's to ya boss - you truly are the GOAT (greatest of all time).

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

This explains season 6....

The Star Trek: Voyager plot generator

My personal favorite:

'Differences'


WRITTEN BY : Jeri Taylor.

STORY BY : Jeri Taylor.

DIRECTED BY : Robert Duncan MacNeill.

When a Type 'L' Phase indifference strands Voyager in a Nebulae, Tuvok and Tom Paris must travel through time and overcome a fear of the dark.

Friday, December 08, 2006

If I wasn't a Packeteer, I'd be a Genius

My job is almost the same, expect to my knowledge I've never had an iPod thrown at me....

Confessions of a Mac Genius

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

No freakin' kidding...

On 12/6/06 11:08 AM, "CNN Breaking News" wrote:

-- President Bush's policy in Iraq "is not working," the Iraq Study Group said in releasing its long-awaited report.

Watch LIVE video coverage now on CNN Pipeline. Access at http://CNN.com. CNN - The most trusted name in news.

Friday, December 01, 2006

As requested....House pics

Seen here - front and side of the house, as well as our current view from the front door to the left and straight ahead. Oh look - another house is being delivered! W00t!