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I’m in LA.

I’m here on business.

No, it’s not on movie business.

No, I can’t tell you what business.

But when I can you’ll agree it’s pretty damn cool.

How are you?

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

49 replies on “Update on Me”

You never tell us what you’re doing. But you do ask how we’re doing. You missed all the fog yesterday morning (or were you here yesterday?). Very pretty but not nice to drive through.

You enjoy teasing us don’t you?

I’m stressing as usual, but the semester ends next week!

Now if I can just figure out how to get a thesis to port directly from my brain to fully-referenced text I’ll be great!

Fuzzy Nation has been optioned for a TV series, and you’re going to consult?

Congratulations to several posters above; may all of those good things go even better than you hope. I’m fine, thanks for asking.

*sigh* I wish I was in L.A., instead of in Fresno. But that’s just me.

I was in Berkeley yesterday, and how the city has let Telegraph Avenue go is really depressing. I know it’s bad times economically and all, but can’t they do something about the graffitti and the general grit and grime? Especially seeing as they seem to be in the middle of converting a bunch of the space over the shops to student housing. It never used to be dirty like that when I used to spend quite a bit of time in Berkeley.

It did cheer me up a bit, however, to spend about an hour and a half in Moe’s Books.

I almost ended up in LA last week due to extremely bad directions given by my husband on a drive from Portland OR to Walnut Creek CA. Another couple hundred miles and we would have been there!

You tease.
I’m ok. PC got a rootkit of some kind. Spent a bunch of time trying to ID it so I could kill it. No luck on that front. McAfee suport=sell you a $90 removal service. It also didn’t help that McAfee put out a dat that thought a sys file was a virus and removed it. Microsoft support was enthusiastic but not very good. Ran all kinds of scans and removers without actually looking at any of the logs that the scans generated.
So I reinstalled the OS. You don’t realize how many patches MS puts out until you have to reinstall all of them at once.
Sigh. Ah well at least my registry is clean now.
Now I need to crack the case and figure out what sound card I have. It isn’t auto installing. It is pretty vintage.
To all the Macophiles who are going to jump in this PC is seven or eight years old and this was the first problem I have had. Well except for when the BIOS battery failed.

I’m excellant!

Leaving Monday for 2 weeks in Denver for training on specialized equipment which by itself is no big deal but…
Since I’m there over the weekend, I’m taking the rental car north to see my Mom in Scottsbluff NE.
Over Mother’s day weekend! How perfect is that. I haven’t seen her in 2.5 years and I get to go visit on Mother’s day. I get all sorts of “good son” point for that I’m sure.

Well, skip the points, that doesn’t matter, I’m just glad I can go at all and it worked out.

Thanks Kevin Williams, I’ll check it out. Even though I already cracked the case.
The PC is acting twitchy again. I wonder if the rootkit is in the BIOS or if the format didn’t clear the boot sector.

COOP, I watched Ninja Assassin yesterday and I did not see John in the movie, so I think we can rule out ninjas.

I’m doing pretty good, John, thanks for asking. Just swapped out the submersible sump pump who’s seals decided to go bad overnight and put 1″ of water in the basement. I’m grateful for solvable problems. Two final projects (making Battleship in VB.net and a Blackjack game in Python) and three more weeks of spring semester to go and I’m finished my AA finally.

If anyone has any ideas on how to get grants or student loans for the late-returning-to-college types like me, please let me know. I can see getting my Masters of Science knocked out by the time I’m 50! 0.0 inorite?

Have a great evening, Whateverites!

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