Dancing Bears

Members of my fencing household, The Tadcaster Militia, affectionately call me Dancing Bear because of some of the (insert appropriate adjective here) way I sometimes defend myself when retreating. It’s an aggressive defensive porcupine method that I would never *ever* teach anyone else to do, as I’ve often got a leg in the air and the other one and my arms all octopus drunken monkey style. It can look very fluid from the outside, almost like I’m dancing.

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Happy Solstice


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It’s the Summer Solstice today.. Ok, that’s misleading.. it’s only the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere… which it’s most likely where you’re reading this from…So I guess I’d be more technically correct to wish you a happy June Solstice, or more generically a Happy Solstice!

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Current Mood: (calm) calm

Happy Dad’s Day to Me


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First off, my bracelet was found! The last place I was at Thursday before going home was one of our offsite properties doing some work on the server. The bracelet must have gotten caught on the chair or desk or something, because one of the employees found it late Friday… Yeah!! That started off a good weekend.

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Current Mood: (happy) happy

Lost Love

I’m very upset right now. Last night, on my way to the Iron Bog business meeting, I realized that I was missing my bracelet. Jean gave it to me over 10 years ago on either our first/second valentines’ day. I think it was more likely the first, because she wasn’t even really aware of my metal allergy at that point, and had to return the first two she bought me because they kept turning my wrist green. Finally, she settled on a stainless steel one.

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And they still stink…


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I’m not a big baseball fan. My visits to the stadium in the last 20 years have been solely to watch the fireworks shows on July 4th. However, if you really needed a reason not to watch the Phillies and be glad you aren’t in their region, this is it:

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Current Mood: (apathetic) apathetic

It’s not the printer’s fault


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As long as we’re mocking end users in our office [info]thomas-delbroc, I felt it due time to post about an extraordinary adventure with a printer I had yesterday. A particular user, who’s been no end of trouble the last for days, called to tell me that her printer was sending out blank pages. She had gotten ‘some’ error message about the margins, but printed anyway. Now, the printer wouldn’t stop, even turning it off and back on, and she couldn’t delete the job from the printer.

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Current Mood: (indifferent) indifferent

Google Maps Rox


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We’ve been using Google Maps for years now, ever since it was first released. I find the Ajax interface to be very easy to navigate, and I’m happy with the results. One of the great things about Google is that they are always adding new features. The problem is, that sometimes these new features slip in and as a regular user you have no idea. Granted, their new Street View feature (see real images and navigate 360 view at the street level) is getting a lot of news in the past weeks because of privacy issues. However, there are plenty of other features available, and I recently discovered two I didn’t previously know about.

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Current Mood: (accomplished) accomplished