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Jun. 17th, 2007


Thinking Evil Thoughts...

Y'know, earlier tonight I was watching the "Candy Castles" show; I think it was on the Food Channel. It's the show where candy chefs make castles out of spun sugar and other confectionary items, and they compete for best looking and most likely to stay together.

I had a thought.

If I were to ever appear on that show, I have no doubt that they would kick me off very shortly, because my castle would be complete with gingerbread men-at-arms, catapults, and trebuchets.

I would be firing peppermint candies and such at the other contestants' castles.


Apr. 14th, 2007


Another Quiz...

::grin:: Be afraid, Chantal...;)


Saturday The Rainy

Yes, it's Saturday, it's raining, I'm home from work. So, rather than doing something productive, like working on my stuff for Jocasta or Aran Weyrs, or studying for finals, I'm taking quizzes. This one is a Serenity quiz:

Your results:
You are Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
River (Stowaway)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Inara Serra (Companion)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
You are good at fixing things.
You are usually cheerful.
You appreciate being treated
with delicacy and specialness.

Click here to take the Serenity Personality Quiz

Dec. 11th, 2006


Another Day With The Idiot Brigade...

Well, I am back at work, and on my first day back in the plant, the idiots have struck again. This time, they work for someone else. Y'see, we're having VFDs* installed at my place, and I arranged for someone to be there first thing today to get them in and configured. First, they show up late. Secondly, they show up woefully underequipped. I had to tell them where to go to buy the things they should have brought with them in the first place. (We're talking basic stuff here for electrical installation -- wires and conduit, for the love of little apples!) Thirdly, a trip that would normally take thirty minutes at worst took this crew two and a half hours!

What took them so long? Well, they weren't sure if they could actually buy anything. This in spite of the fact that they had company credit cards and a job to do. This also in spite of the fact that they had me around and I would have been happy to go get the stuff (since I'm going to be charged for it anyway, why not?) Apparently, they sat in the parking lot of the supply house for two hours waiting to be told what to do.

Finally, they made it back, supplies in tow, and get to work. Basic installation of the panel was easy. We got that knocked out in a little over an hour. Then came the fun part -- interfacing the new VFD panel with my existing electronics. It turned out that the man who came to see me in October either didn't take proper notes or misread what he had; there were no clear instructions in his drawings to tell the installer what to do.

We spent the next two hours poring over ladder diagrams to try to figure out what had to be wired where. Just when I thought we had it worked out (hey, I was happy with the setup and I still think it would have worked! -- power would have gone where it needed to go and done what it should have done, and everybody would have been happy) the tech decided he was going to fax the diagrams to his home office, quit for the day, and wait for them to tell him what to do.

Here's what I want to know -- what has happened to initiative and personal responsibility? If my training and experience tells me a possible solution to a problem is going to work, I am going to go ahead and do it. I don't see the need for a "Mother may I?" from the home office. If you are the kind of person who is so unsure of yourself as to need some long-distance handholding, I don't think I want you in my plant handling my jobs.

* VFD stands for variable-frequency drive. It's a controller for a three-phase AC motor that allows it to run at different speeds.  It does this by varying the level of the voltage (from 0 to 460 volts) and its frequency (from 0 to 60 hertz), hence the name.

Dec. 3rd, 2006


Because You Have To Have Something To Do On Lunch

Well, I could be betaing for Loralee, or writing my Evil Weyrleader for Jocasta, but instead I'm surfing LJ and taking strange quizzes:

You scored as Dante Alighieri. According to you most of humanity will spend at least some of their afterlife in hell. You have a high likelihood of being exiled, but anyone as bloody fucking romantic as you deserves what they get. You have an exceptional moral code, overshadowed by the fact that you yourself cannot uphold it.

Your existence bears a definite irony, although of fairly Christian morality, many pagans, satanists, communists, and intellectuals admire you and your works for all the wrong reasons.

Also, the brighest star in your sky is never going to be your lover...

It takes a lot of grief to be the cartographer of hell.


Dante Alighieri


Adolf Hitler


Jesus Christ


O.J. Simpson


Hugh Hefner


Stephen Hawking


Sigmund Freud


Charles Manson


Elvis Presley


Friedrich Nietzsche


Miyamoto Musashi


C.G. Jung


Mother Teresa


Steven Morrissey


What Pseudo Historical Figure Best Suits You?
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Y'all gotta try this! I almost fell out of my chair when I read it!

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In November I invaded Iraq, broke it, and couldn't glue it back together before Mom got home (-1012 points). Last week I had a shoot-out with rival gang lords on the 5 near LA (-76 points). In June I turned ardys_the_ghoul in for running naked in the mall (3 points). Last Tuesday I helped aerden see the light (8 points). In January I put gum in hermionegreen's hair (-12 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-1089 points). For Christmas I deserve a lump of coal!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

Nov. 25th, 2006


Hope Y'all Saved Your Confederate Money!

Now here's a book I can really get behind:

If you're looking for a Christmas present for me, here you go!

I can't say that I'm surprised to see this, given the tenor of the series. If you haven't read any of the Politically-Incorrect Guides, I think you owe it to yourself to check at least one of them out. I've read three (American History, Islam, and English Literature) and they all raise points that I never ran across during any of my formal education.

As a matter of fact, I used the American History guide to ambush a history teacher last year. :) I'm looking forward to seeing what this book has to say.

Disclaimer: the author is a proud Son of the South and never has believed the lies that have been promulgated in Yankee texts, anyway...

Geek On, Dude!

I am posting this on an old machine of mine that I decided to install Linux on, over the holidays. To those of you who ask me why I'd want to do that in a Windows world, I say, "Why not?" It's something new and different.

So far, it hasn't been that bad an experience. It's very heavy on command-line stuff, but so were the various iterations of MS-DOS, and I figure if I can tackle that, I can learn to handle Linux.

Chantal, I haven't forgotten that I owe you fifteen w-words, and you and I need to get together to plan the overthrow of the Southern Continent...

Nov. 5th, 2006


Idiots, Comma, Surrounded By

Ever have the feeling that you were surrounded by idiots? It's been that kind of weekend for me, and it's only Saturday. Y'see, I've had the week off, as I've got a lot of vacation time stored up and was told I had to use it or lose it. Apparently, while I've been off the inmates escaped and have been happily running the place.

Example Primus: Monday I got a call from the plant telling me that a pump starter wasn't working right and what should they do? I gave them detailed directions as to what to look at and where to hit it, and followed it up with the very important warning: "Should these steps fail, shut the unit off completely and I will look at it this weekend." Much to my...amusement, when I got to the plant this morning, not only was the unit not shut off, it had been left in the auto-run position and as a consequence, completely burned up the motor starter.

Example Secundus: Yesterday, I got a call from one of the field guys. He wanted me to know that one of our lift stations had gone down and "he'd tried everything he could" but was unable to get it to come back up. I told him to lock it down, keep an eye on the station's well, have it pumped down if it got too full, and I'd look at it this morning. When I got to work, I discovered that the boss had panicked and had arranged for a repair shop down in Baldwin County (a couple hundred miles away) to shag ass up here first thing Monday morning (at great expense, y'see) and install a new pump or two in the station. This is moronic because a) this station, along with two others, is scheduled for rehab in two or three weeks (why get new pumps when the whole thing is going to be replaced with something better shortly?), b) he should know by now that if it can be fixed I can fix it, and c) even if I can't fix it, Monday morning would have been plenty of time to call for a repair because the local Roto-Rooter can keep it pumped down for us.

I rolled in, checked it out, and found that one pump was burned completely out and the other, probably as a result of the field guy "trying everything he could", was suffering from a wire not connected properly. I had to replace a bad starter and properly reconnect a pump. Total time: thirty minutes. Fortunately, I was able to cancel the service call, which should look good on my annual evaluation next week. :)

Example Tertius: There is a small lift station at my plant which deals with the drainwater from my sludge drying beds. As near as I can figure, a lot of water released at once, causing the station alarm light to trip (a high water level in the station well is one of the things that can cause this). The fellow backing me up saw that light and apparently assumed that something else was the problem, so he opened up the panel to check. Now, in this panel is a little device called a phase monitor. Its job is to keep an eye on incoming power to ensure that it remains within certain limits. If incoming power deviates from these limits, the monitor shuts the station down until the power returns to normal. There's a little indicator light on the front of the phase monitor which tells you whether or not the thing is set right and working as it should. In this instance, the normal function light is red. As near as I can figure, Mr. Backup saw the red light and, assuming the color meant a malfunction, carefully adjusted the phase monitor so that the light went OFF, thereby shutting down the phase monitor and, with it, the control panel. He was proud of what he did; so proud, in fact, that he wrote a highly-detailed explanation of what he did in the logbook.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying anything against the man's initiative or willingness to try and solve a problem. I just want to know why he didn't call me when he couldn't get the station to work after he made his adjustments. Wouldn't it make sense to call the person who lives with this stuff every day to see if he had a helpful hint?

Sometimes all I want to do is put a lock on the front gate that only I have a key to, so I can keep the idiots out.

Sep. 7th, 2006


(no subject)

My daughter has discovered the Dominion Tank Police.

She will not let me send the DVD back to Blockbuster. Thank the Lord for unlimited rentals.

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