Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The most fucked up things happen to me

What's the last thing you would expect when you wake up in the morning? For me, the last thing I would have expected was for my eyelid to be turned inside out and swollen like an altar boys's tuchus. Honestly, I wish I had a photo of that for you (stay tuned, there are some coming...), but I was kind of panicked at the time. This was around 5:45 this morning, and it's no doubt what woke me up at that ungodly hour. I pop it back the right way around, and although it's still very swollen, I figure I've sufficiently remedied the problem and I go back to sleep.

Two hours later, I wake up for real. No dice, my eye is still puffed up more than your dad on viagra. As I'm getting ready for work, I make the judgement call to hit the E.R. on my way in. It was relatively quick and painless, those liberals really were swift about keeping their shorter-waiting-time promises.

Unfortunately, the only thing that the nurse and two doctors that looked at my eye could tell me was that something had inflammed the tissue of my upper eyelid (No shit!) but it was probably gone by now. The best I could hope for was to take some anti-histamine or anti-inflammatory drugs and wait a couple of days. It wasn't really anything I didn't expect, I just think it prudent to see someone who knows what they're talking about when it comes to your eyes.

As I left the E.R., it was already looking a bit better. Hopefully I'll be good and healed up for some heavy drinking on Canada Day.

Update! 1357h:
The swelling has gone down a lot, and my vision in that eye is pretty much back to normal, but I think it'll be a couple of days until I stop looking like I lost a fight.

Friday, June 25, 2004

I got to ride a Segway

Yeah! I was at the Technology museum in San Jose today and I got to ride a Segway. At first, it's not very intuative, you just feel like you're going to tip over when you lean, but you get the hang of it fairly quickly, and it becomes pretty natural. Still, US$5k is a bit too much to drop on something that amounts to a really neat toy.

Click here for a video of me riding the segway. It's pretty big, so don't download it over dialup.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

You gotta fight for your right

From: Dragos Ruiu
To: bugtraq@securityfocus.com
Subject: Caveat Lector: Beastie Boys Evil
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 01:10:23

Well I truly regret actually purchasing a copy of the new Beastie Boys album to support them.

It seems that Capitol Records has some sort of new copy protection system, that automatically, silently, installs "helpful" copy protection software on MacOS and Windows as soon as you insert the CD into default systems. I'm not sure exactly what it does yet, but I am sure regreting actually purchasing said media now... they don't deserve my money if they choose to pull stupid stunts like this. Installing software without your permission sounds like viral malware behaviour to me. I certainly hope the AV companies put signatures into their products for this crap.

They include some sort of uninstaller buried on there for Windows, but I see no such thing for MacOS. If anyone has disassembled the aforementioned malware already and can save us some time with instructions on how to remove it... thanks in advance.

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Downtown power outage

They couldn't have picked a better day for a transformer explosion: Sunny, 25° I'm standing by the window in my office on the 12th floor of a downtown office building and I hear a huge BOOM and then all the power goes out. Fantastic! I'm very happy that Visual Studio saves your work automatically when you compile.

Since the HVAC is now non-operational, and it's hot in here at the best of times, we proceed outside. There is literally nothing that can be done, so what's the point, right? We go get a coffee and then execute the requisite standing-around period until we finally decide to go to the bar. It's only 11:00, but we figure it's a nice day and the decks will be open.

We're halfway to the Argyle and my cell phone rings to tell me that the fucking power is back on already. It had barely been an hour! Damn those Emera Power workers for being so efficient.

Monday, June 7, 2004

My birthday party

So, yeah, my party happened on Saturday night. I'm still working on getting the webcam's photos turned into some kind of stop-motion video. It worked pretty well while it was light out, but after that the pictures just turned out black. Bummer.

Anyway, the biggest mistake of my night was playing checkers with Ryan Belbin. See these weren't ordinary checkers, but rather each piece was a shotglass. I got destroyed in more ways than one.

For most of the night, I didn't take many pictures, but I distinctly remember more than a few flashes going off, so I'm sure that there are photographs floating around out there. If you took pictures, post your links in the comments.

Also, if you missed it, a bunch of punks showed up and played Faxe Hands. I heard one of them fell down my front steps.