Thursday, June 30, 2005

Another Scorcher...

80 when I left home this morning at 7, supposed to get up to 95 with a heat index of 100.

Thank god for A/C.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

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:: snort ::
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
:: murmur ::
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
:: drool ::
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Wohoo For Barter!

I love having friends in the skilled trades. My air conditioner just hasn't been cutting it these last few days (temps above 90 and high humidity). So I got my friend Rob, master HVAC tech, to come over to look at the system and tell me what was wrong. The long and short of it is, there was too much freon in the system (overcharged). The extra pressure was preventing the heat exchanger from working properly at outside temps above 85. So, he did his little bit of magic and brought everything to where it should be, and there was a noticible difference after about 15 minutes. All I had to do in exchange was fix his computer. I love bartering!

In other news, I have a good idea of what I want to do for my bachelor party. I'm not a big drinker, and a trip to the titty bar holds no interest for me, so I've been trying to figure out what would be fun, and I've decided that I'd like to take a weekend and go white water rafting with my friends. I think that would be a blast.

Also, we've solidified out backup plans for the honeymoon in case the cruise we want doesn't work for us. Things are really coming together.
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Monday, June 27, 2005

Call Of The Day

A sample of my workday so far:

User calls in complaining that she cannot dial extension 2689 from her phone. After a short investigation, I determine the cause of the problem:

Extension 2689 DOES NOT EXIST.


And they pay me for this shit...
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Orange Juice

One of the funniest blog posts I've ever read. Check this guy's site out.

An Open Letter to Tropicana

Dear Tropicana,
I caught your commercials and thoroughly enjoyed the nice zippy song you use, and I must admit I AM SOLD. "Good Morning, Good Morning, It's a Tropicana Morning." It puts a spring in my step, it makes my morning better, It makes me think that perhaps my civil procedure professor is not an evil puppy killer, but perhaps simply a not so nice guy.
As I have striven each morning to truly make each morning "A Tropicana Morning," some concerns have come to mind, your answers would certainly make me feel better. What exactly IS a Tropicana Morning, How do I know that what I am experiencing IS a Tropicana morning and not simply the onset of Schizophrenia? Must I have Tropicana Juice to Have a Tropicana Morning? Must it Necessarily be Tropicana Orange Juice? What if I have a cup of Tropicana and go to have another cup but I'm out of Tropicana and instead have Minute Made (say if we were staying at my aunts house because she's just the kind of crazy bitch to try something like this), is it Still a Tropicana Morning?
Is it possible for the best part of waking up to be Folgers in my cup on a Tropicana Morning? Is there a time limit? If I wake up and have juice (Tropicana of course) at 12:30 is there still the opportunity of seizing a Tropicana morning? Would you recommend any specific breakfast to have with my juice, I would hate to accidentally cancel out my Tropicana morning by having the wrong food.
Sirs, your answers to these questions would certainly Put my mind at ease, Also should you discover a method in that I might have a full Tropicana day I would certainly appreciate you passing on this valuable information.

PelicanBarbeque.
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Thought For The Day

What Would Jesus Do?




Oh, yeah.
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Busy Weekend

Friday night - 2 hours of flight time, got checked out in the Warrior that my instructors own, so I can rent that if the 172 is busy.

Saturday - Breakfast, clean the house, help future sis-in-law set up for party, go to party, come home, collapse into bed.

Sunday - Breakfast, laze for a bit and read / do the crossword, work out, usher Garrison Keillor at the Palace, make lunch for today, go to bed.

Today - Up early, go to gym (I'm going to try and go to the gym 5 days a week before work, let's see how long this lasts )...work...
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Friday, June 24, 2005

So True

The Truth Hurts:

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Weekend

So, the weekend's shaping up pretty well.

Flying tonight.
Solstace party at future-sister-in-law's house tomorrow.
Ushering Garrison Keillor at the Palace Sunday. (yippee!)
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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Widgets!

So, I'm playing around with my new PowerBook (yippee!!!), and I've started dissecting some of the widgets that came with the machine, as well as one or two of the ones that I've downloaded from the Apple site. (Power User Tip #1 : You can access the source elements of any widget on your system by making a copy of the widget, and then removing the .wdgt extension from the copy, which turns it back into a folder. Neat, huh?)

Pretty neat little system they've got going here, I'm going to see what kind of damage I can do to these widgets. Plus, I just love to say "widget".
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Pictures, Round 1

Ok, these are from my trip to Italy (with the Redhead, of course) in February, 2003:

The Redhead in Verona:



The Redhead in Venice:



A building under construction in Venice:



A neat bridge in Venice:



A mask shop in Verona:



More masks in Verona:



The Pope's Crib:




This is a small smattering of the stuff I uploaded. More to come...
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Pictures, Round 2

Ok, these pictures are from the Bonnaroo Music Festival, 2004.

Dave & Friends late-night concert:



80,000 of my closest friends:



Luxury camping:



Bonzai!



"Ok, so who's first?"



Damn, dude!



Yup, more mud:
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The Calm Before The Storm

There will be a deluge of pictures here shortly.

I'm currently updating my Flickr account.

Be forewarned.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Next Year's Big Holiday:

No Pants Day
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How Much Do I Hate The RIAA?

This much.
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Monday, June 20, 2005

Good Morning

Yes, it's Monday. I've had half my coffee so far, so I'm doing pretty well.

Let's see, plans for the week...

Tonight, flying down to the London-Corbin airport and back again.
Thursday, gots me a massage (I love my fiance)
Friday, flight lesson in a Warrior (I'm getting checked out in that plane so I can fly it some more and see if I want to buy one)
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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Batman Begins

Is awesome. See it.
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Friday, June 17, 2005

Materialistic Leanings

I want to buy a plane.

That is all.
posted by S.C. @ 4:31 PM | 0 comments

Weekend Plans

Not much, actually. Recouperate from the past week, do some gardening, clean the house...

Father's Day on Sunday, so lunch with the Redhead's parents and dinner with mine...

That's about it. Lots of sleep. :)
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California Guitar Trio

If you have the opportunity, SEE THIS BAND. They give a fantastic show, and the acoustic instrumental version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" they played as an encore last night was fantastic.
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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Mystery for Tech Geeks

So, I stumbled across an online mystery centered around a guy who works on Macs...

It's pretty enjoyable. :)
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Wohoo!!!!

I passed my BFR (biennial flight review) with flying colors...no pun intended.

My instructor made me really work for the last bit, though. He has a thing about people needing to be able to land in heavy crosswinds (which I agree with), so we went up last night and did about an hour of touch & go's in variable, gusty wind.

I don't mind admitting that I was covered in sweat after the hour. Gusty winds are the worst, you get right down to the runway, are just about to touch down, and the wind gusts and picks the plane up 10 feet, then lets go...

Anyhow, I'm a fully licensed pilot again, and I plan on flying next Monday night for a while. Things are going well. :)
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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Health Update

So, my mother went down to Nashville for a consult at the Vanderbilt Cancer Clinic on Monday. Despite the fact that the doctor was a complete asshole (being completely negative about the whole thing, no positive reinforcement at all), things look good on the treatment front. She's looking at about 5 weeks of low-dose, targeted chemotherapy and radiation, followed by a 4-6 week "resting" period that allows her body to get ready for surgery, then surgery to remove the tumor, another 4 to 6 week "rest", and then 4 weeks of follow-up chemo (to make sure they got the little bastards)

The timing works out pretty well, because she wants to time it so that my wedding falls in the second rest period, right before the last round of chemo.
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Aviation Axioms

Yea though I Fly Through the Valley of Death .I Shall

Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing!
(Sign over the entrance to the old SR-71 operating

base Kadena, Japan).
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You've never been lost until you've been lost at

Mach 3. (Paul F. Crickmore -test pilot)
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The only time you have too much fuel is when

you're on fire.
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Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in

the ocean than submarines in the sky.
(From an old carrier sailor)
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If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage,

it's probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe.
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When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane

you always have enough power left to get you to

the scene of the crash.
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Without ammunition, the USAF would be just

another expensive flying club.

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What is the similarity between air traffic controllers

and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If

ATC screws up, ..the pilot dies.
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Never trade luck for skill.
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The three most common expressions

(or famous last words) in aviation are "Why is it

doing that?" "Where are we?" and "Oh Shit!"
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Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers.
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Progress in airline flying: now a flight attendant

can get a pilot pregnant.
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Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always

needed to successfully complete the flight.
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A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is
all luck; three in a row is prevarication.
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I remember when sex was safe and flying was

dangerous.
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Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never
left one up there!
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Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a
flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries
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Flying the airplane is more important than radioing

your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or
doing anything about it.
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When a flight is proceeding incredibly well,

something was forgotten.
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Just remember, if you crash because of weather,

your funeral will be held on a sunny day.
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Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII When a plane

(crash) seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the

softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slow and

gently as possible.
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The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; ...

it can just barely kill you.
(Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot)
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A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't

flying his plane to its maximum. Jon McBride,

astronaut)
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If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing

as far into the crash as possible. Bob Hoover -

renowned aerobatic and test pilot)
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If an airplane is still in one piece, don't cheat on it;

ride the bastard down. (Ernest K. Gann, author &

aviator)
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Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver

than you.
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There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime. (Sign
over squadron ops desk at Davis-

Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970).
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"What is the purpose of the propeller? The purpose

of the propeller is to keep the pilot cool. You don't

believe that? If the propeller stops, watch how the

pilot starts to sweat."
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The three best things in life are a good landing, a

good orgasm, and, a good bowel movement. The

night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities

in life where you get to experience allthree at the

same time.(Author unknown, but surely someone
who's been there)
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If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's

about to.
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Basic Flying Rules
Try to stay in the middle of the air.

Do not go near the edges of it.
The edges of the air can be recognized by

the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees

and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to

fly there.
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You know that your landing gear is up and

locked when it takes full power to taxi to the

terminal
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Guess What?

Yup. Driving again today.

Just a recap of my travels recently:
Last Tuesday & Wednesday - Drove from Louisville - Indianapolis - Ft. Wayne - Louisville (for work)
Last Thursday - Drove from Louisville to Manchester, TN (for Bonnaroo)
Sunday - Drove from Manchester, TN to Louisville.
Monday - Flew from Louisville to Nashville, and back (for work)
Today - Driving from Louisville to Evansville, IN (for work)

My ass hurts.
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Monday, June 13, 2005

Glowstick War

Here are some pictures from the Trey Anastasio glowstick war Saturday night...







And, finally, for the fashion-sense:
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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Back

Yes, made it back from Bonnaroo.

Rainy and muddy, just like every year. I think this marked the last year, at least for a while, that we'll be going.

That being said, there was some great music there. Here are a couple of awards I'd hand out if I could:

Band That Made Me Dance The Hardest : Mouse on Mars
Best Glowstick War : Trey Anastasio
Best Band With A Guest Gospel Choir : Particle
Best Band To Pick Up Trash While Listening To: Widespread Panic

Pictures to come.
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Oh...

And the award for Most Unexpected Performance:

Matisyahu, a Hacidic Jew who raps in reggae / hip-hop style.

I shit you not.

And, the thing is, he's REALLY GOOD AT IT.
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Friday, June 10, 2005

Coming to You

From Franklin, TN. Stopped at a hotel here overnight to try and avoid peak traffic into the Bonnaroo site...

We'll see if it worked.
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Thursday, June 09, 2005

I bit the bullet...

...and bought a PowerBook.

I'm such an Apple Whore.
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Back In Louisville

Just long enough to work a half a day, get my oil changed, and pack the car, and then we're off for a couple of days of blistering heat in a field in the middle of Tennessee with 80,000 of our closest friends.
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Monday, June 06, 2005

It's True!

In case any of my friends / stalkers are technophiles like me...

Steve Jobs announced less than an hour ago that Apple would be moving away from IBM's PowerPC architecture and to Intel's x86 architecture.

Even better, this will be done quickly, within the next 2 years, because Apple has had a "Just In Case" policy of compiling OS X for both the PowerPC and the x86.

I'm a happy, happy man.
posted by S.C. @ 5:08 PM | 0 comments

Working The HellDesk

Excerpt from a recent HellDesk phone call:

Al - "Ok, now, what you need to do is click on your desktop..."
Caller - "Um, what's the desktop?"
:: pause ::
Al - "The big picture behind everything else."

And I KNOW this person gets paid more than me.
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Greetings from Indianapolis

Not much to say about it, since I'm working, but at least I'm not in my cube...
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Wohoo!

Oh, yeah, forgot to mention that I got to fly yesterday. My instructor is awesome for giving me some time on his day off, but pilots need to be able to grab fair-weather opportunities when they can.

We were originally scheduled to fly down to the London-Corbin (KY) airport (KLOX for anyone interested), but the airport down there was fogged in, and it wasn't looking to burn off anytime soon. So we decided to head for a slightly shorter trip to Lexington (KLEX), since Aaron had plans later in the morning.

One of the only two bummers about summer flying is HAZE. And it was HAZY yesterday. No clouds in the sky, but I could still only get about 5 miles of visibility in the air (on a clear, haze-free day, you can get up to 100). Still, had a nice little hop over to Lexington, a touch-n-go, and then a return flight. It's nice to know that, at least in my area, if I ever get lost, all I need to do is find an Interstate and follow it back home.

Hopefully, after Bonnaroo next weekend, I'll get my biennial flight review, and be cleared to fly alone, which will allow me to continue my training at a slightly faster pace. I'm excited. :)
posted by S.C. @ 10:08 AM | 0 comments

Another Busy Week

My schedule for this week :

Monday - Early shift in the office (where I am now, showing up at 7am is not what I call fun)
Tuesday - Trip to Indianapolis branch, overnight in Ft. Wayne
Wednesday - Trip to Ft. Wayne branch, return home.
Thursday - Leave after work for Bonnaroo
Friday - Sunday - Gettin' Jiggy With It in Tennessee.
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Friday, June 03, 2005

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN

This day is DRAGGING.

That is all.
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Back In Saddle Again

Yes, my travels for the week have come to an end, and I'm back in my cube for this dreary Friday.

I had planned on going on a cross-country flight with my instructor last night but, with clouds floating less than a thousand feet above the ground, we decided it would be best to wait.
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Thursday, June 02, 2005

If You Pray...

Please pray for my mother.

A mass was discovered during her latest Dr.'s appointment, which has a high probability of being tumerous. We're hoping for more information tonight...

UPDATE:
The Dr. called and confirmed that the mass is a malignant tumor in her colon. No information on how far along it is...
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Ouchie

I'm sore. Drove 400 miles yesterday, on top of the 6 hours I spent in one of the branches.

So, yeah, long day (out the door at 6am, into my hotel room at 8pm)

More of the same today, but less driving at the end (wohoo!)
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

5:50 a.m.

5:50am is too early to be up.

Unless you haven't gone to sleep yet...
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Another wonderful day of traveling ahead

Yes, I might not be online all day like normal, since I'll be driving like mad across Eastern Kentucky.

Just thought I'd warn you...
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