Archive for July, 2004

Stalled

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

Work on my novel has been progressing slowly but surely. I got about 6500 words in without too much issue, but I now find myself in need of a map. I hate to take a break from the writing itself at this point, but I feel that if I don’t have a map I’ll keep floundering around the same few hundred words I’ve been stuck on today.

The real decision is to use the computer, or dig out some graph paper.

Movie Review: Happy Accidents (2000)

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Happy Accidents
Since we recently purchased a new TiVo, it’s time to watch all the stuff that’s been collecting on the old one. This movie had been sitting there for some time. The Mrs. didn’t seem too interested in this one (The description really didn’t sound too promising), but I insisted that we had seen a clip from it and had both wanted to see it some time back (the scene I remembered was in the movie, so I wasn’t just making it up).

Anyhow, earlier tonight we finally sat down and pressed play. This movie is a little hard to explain. It’s a Dramatic Romantic Comedy with hint of Sci-Fi tossed in.

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Today Was a Good Day

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

Phew! Today is the first day since I started writing that I broke 1000 words. I wrote early this morning after everyone was in bed, and I just wrote for the past hour. Hopefully I’ll write some more tonight.

TiVo Series 2 on Sale Cheap!

Monday, July 19th, 2004

TiVo is currently having a sale on Factory-renewed units. If you don’t have one, go get one right now! I’ll wait.

I’ve had a TiVo for three years now. It is the greatest television related invention since the television itself. What’s so great about it? I know that I will not be able to explain this well enough, but I’ll try.
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Dinner Conversations With a Two Year Old

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

We had a pretty crazy weekend around here, and I started back to work Monday to find a number of fires to fight right off the bat. I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about my daughter.

Sometime she really cracks me up.

One night last week I came in from the grill with some pretty nice looking pork chops. As the smell filled the room my daughter ran over and yelled "I want steak!" The night before we had, in fact, had steak from the grill.

"We’re having pork tonight. That’s pork," I replied.

She belted out, "Yeah. Pork is good steak".

Can’t argue with that.

Tonight we had pasta, and Denise and I also had salads. After the pasta was gone, Denise asked "Do you want something else?"

"I want my salad."

"Do you want something out of my salad?" Usually Denise and I will give her a few carrots or a cucumber, but she’s never had a salad.

"I want salad in a bowl!"

Denise shrugged, gave me a look that said, "she’ll never eat this", and handed her salad bowl over.

"This is my favorite dinner I never had."

Apparently it was, because she ate almost all of it while my wife hungrily looked on in amazement.

Phase Outline: Complete!

Friday, July 9th, 2004

Done!

In the end I’ll need between 505-605 words per phase. Now there are some other minor things to finish up and I can start the real actual writing.

Right now, I’m going to take a break.

Is It Much Farther, Papa Smurf?

Friday, July 9th, 2004

Phase Outline: 85%

Tired now. More after sleep!

Phase Outline: 70%

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

I’m getting there! Yesterday I was too busy to work on it, but I’ve spent all morning on it today.

More after some lunch (I hope).

Phase Outline: 50%

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

After this mornings fun, and a family lunch I’ve managed to get the phase outline to 50% (the glass is half full). This puts me halfway to where I had planned to be Sunday (the glass is half empty).

I’m going to do my best to get the thing done by the end of the week at the very latest (time for a new glass).

At least this get’s me past the stickiest part of my outline. There are three very vauge phases that will prorably slow the writing one I hit them, but I needed to move past them for now.

I Will Not Be Defeated

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

I feel I haven’t gotten anything productive done in days.

My laptop fan went insane, so it’s out for repair. This cuts my writing time down to only that time I can closet myself in my office. That pretty much means after 11pm most days.

I had set time aside for writting on Sunday. Every time I went to start something came up and I agreed to do it later. Later didn’t come until midnight, and I was too tired to start by then.

Yesterday I got up early to get started because I knew it was a busy day. I reviewed everything, got all set to start moving and time was up. I did have a great day though.

That brings us to this morning. I got up at 6:30am. I wandered in to the office, turned on the computer, waited for the memory check to… start? Great! Dead computer! No surprise there. Why did I get up again? I rebooted, went into the BIOS changed the memory settings slightly, hit "Save & Exit".

Apparently that was a mistake. "Save & Exit" on my board’s BIOS apparently means "Slowly corrupt the CMOS". It seems that this option has problems, and over time will make the system unbootable. I had just hit that limit. Now it didn’t post, didn’t beep, didn’t do anything. There are no good suggestions online for how to fix this (besides RMA the board).

After doing everything I could think of I managed to get the board to at least beep a failure code. Progress! I put one stick of memory, the CPU and the video card back in, powered on, and it posted! I went into the bios and hit F10 to save (rather than the "Save & Corrupt" option) and it rebooted. I reinstalled all the hardware and booted up. Windows started, and the steam stopped pouring out of my ears.

So here I am after getting all the hardware reinstalled. Two and a half hours later and I’ve accomplished nothing I set out to do. Maybe I can manage to get back to the office after breakfast.

To the surprise of noone, my server crashed while posting this story. It’s better now. I don’t want to talk about it.

Now for that breakfast…