Thursday, February 28, 2008

I seem to have solved my Linux lock-up issue, which turned out to not be a Linux issue at all. As the story goes, the acrylic adhesive used on copper tape goes bad over time. This resulted in the grounding strips in my laptop no longer doing what they should. As a result, static electricity would build up at some point on the system board and *poof* all of my unsaved work would vanish.

I bought a new roll of conductive copper tape (36 yards!) and used about 5-7 inches of it to replace the grounding strips. I went ahead and created some new ones, as well. As such, my computer has not locked up at all since. Maybe this computer will last me a full ten years after all!

Now, what to do with all this shiny copper tape...

Saturday, February 23, 2008

It is hard to believe I have been on Blogger since November 2001. Just over six years. Two ninths of my life. What a nerd I am.

Top 10 things I will likely never tell you in person:
  1. At the end of January in 2003, I cried almost the entire drive home from Lakeside, Montana. That was nearly a 17 hour drive.
  2. I went back out to visit that November, and cried almost all the way there. The return trip was more of the same.
  3. I peed my pants during a class party in 3rd grade. My teacher realized what had happened and told the other students I had spilled my pop.
  4. I peed my pants after a Sevendust concert in Duluth when I was 19. I had been drinking huge glasses of water the entire show to stay hydrated, and neglected to take this into account when I stepped outside into freezing cold weather wearing shants and a hoodie.
  5. I have only been in one fistfight - in 4th grade, and I still am unclear as to who won. A person I had thought was my friend punched me repeatedly in the gut until I punched him twice in the face. I was never angry at him for punching me, but to this day I feel bad for punching him.
  6. In 2nd grade we were placed into reading groups based upon a reading comprehension test. When I was placed in the smallest group, I thought I and the others must be dumb. When I found out we were the five smartest kids in our grade, I felt worse.
  7. I often cried myself to sleep during high school because of how a handful of students treated me for having a terrible overbite. It was the most drastic overbite my orthodontist had ever seen. I am having the final remnants of my orthodontic work removed in the coming weeks.
  8. I used to invite friends to church, but stopped after my pastor gave a sermon titled "I want to be like Phil." I have never been good at accepting complements or commendation.
  9. When I got my first piercing, it was for a specific reason. My next two were for fun. Their removal was intentional, not consequential, but I miss them to this very day. I would have at least one more if I had not married.
  10. I "lettered" in Speech five times. I had the jacket, but felt too self-conscious to wear it. I know I am a good public speaker, but I have never felt like I have something worth saying.
Thus ends my self-disclosure. Realize that you have just combed through details which some of my closest friends do not even know.

So are they secrets? Possibly. Perhaps at some unconscious level I have desired to keep them secret, but at a conscious level it does not bother me to list them for anyone to read. Maybe there is something to the allure of anonymity the Internet provides, but let us be honest: I know at least a handful of people who read this. I am not just dumping water into the sea.

I vaguely remember a quote about how when others know us, we know ourselves better. To some degree I concur.

As for intentional secrets, I do keep a few. Not for much longer, though.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It has just come to my attention that Fidel Castro was 27 when he headed his first attempted revolution against Batista. More importantly, Castro pursued legal means to oust the corrupt Batista before turning to a violent overthrow. It was six more years until he rose to power.

Mayhaps I am still able to do useful things at this age.
Fidel Castro has officially retired. Farewell, good man. I hope to visit Cuba before his death. Will his successor(s) destroy Cuba much as Kim Jong-Il has done with North Korea following the death of his father, Kim Il-Sung? Find out in the next episode!

If you can name the following lyric without the aid of Google, you earn several nerd points:

in the days of the caveman
and mammoths
and glaciers
bugs and trees were your food then
no pajamas
or doctors
Stumped? Okay, you're allowed to Google it.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I'm not scrambling to find a new place to live for the same reasons I wasn't scrambling to find a new place to live while we were at our last apartment.

However, I would like to note that my wife agreed to allow me to choose the next place of residence when I told her she could make the decision to move last time.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

If you have not yet filed your claim, hop on over to

In my case, I'm estimating 85 days spent out of country during the time period listed. I have no idea how large of a claim this will result in.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Farecast was recently updated with support for select international destinations. Huzzah!

I'm intend to explore the possibility of traveling to London (with friends) to meet Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame. It would be totally rad. I suppose being in my ancestors' homeland would be fairly worth it, as well.