Archive for October, 2012

Queen, Jellyfish, and Fun. .

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

When a critic compares a band I’ve never heard of before, to both Queen and Jellyfish, I take notice. I haven’t fallen for their sound yet, but I do like what I’ve heard so far.

Sometimes good things still come out of bad places =p

James Coates @ The High Dive

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

There were two bands on the roster, with higher billing, but I get up too early to stay out too late, and James was the reason I came out anyways.

Easily the largest crowd of any opening act I’ve seen at The High Dive, and people were definitely into his music. After his set, the number of people who took off, with two bands yet to go, surprised me. Then again, it’s going to be a weird night, when the headliner isn’t the band who’s CD release party it is.

Bottom line, James Coates sings a good song; if you have the chance, check him out.

New spam tool

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

My work email address got a couple of fake craiglist advertisement confirmation emails today, with such specific subjects, it seems hard to believe someone could fall for them. Then again, I’ve read the gmail support threads where people just can’t get through their head that there is no my.name account that is accidentally sending email to myname, and that it is probably mi.name/miname, that got typo’d into a form somewhere.

Can Can Halloween at the Triple Door

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Another holiday season starts off right, with the Seattle cabaret group, Can Can Castaways, and their yearly take on Nightmare Before Christmas, at the Triple Door. I knew it was coming up, but work has been crazy, and I didn’t get tickets until late in the game, so I ended up seated with little view of anything further back than the curtain line. The house was packed, and many people were in costume, though none of the staff.

The food is always tasty, though I could swear that they used to do a 9-flavor beef, not a 7-flavor beef. It is still tasty, just confuses me. Maybe my mind is conflating the 9-flavor beef (formerly) at Shallots. None of the pumpkin themed drinks were non-beer based, so I dunno how they turned out.

The show was awesome. They double up the Jack and Sally roles, presumably to concentrate singing and dancing talents separately. If there is any complaint, it’s that unlike their regular shows, 90% of the skin you’ll see if female. Usually, it seems like they try to split the skin closer to 70/30. I don’t expect 50/50, but I do wanna see Jack’s bones =p

With a live band, and a much larger stage (and cast), the show is bigger than a usual CC-show, but also a lot tamer. Maybe it’s just harder to get everyone as drunk and good-naturedly-yelling-along, in such a refined space, with so many more audience members.

Overall, I was happy, even if I didn’t get a chance to say hi to the cast.

iMac HD recall experience

Monday, October 29th, 2012

When I found out that they were going to warehouse my mac for several days, instead of doing a while-you-wait repair, I was annoyed, but went ahead, figuring better now than later. They emailed that the box was ready for pickup yesterday, and with a minimum of hassle, I made it into the apple store, and out again, repaired machine in hand.

Based on their statements prior to the repair, I expected to have to reinstall the OS from scratch, but they evidently put the same version on the new HD, as was on the old HD. Do they have a stack of pre-installed drives for people who’ve upgraded since original purchase, or did they image after the install? Who knows. There was a moment of WTF, when, after the Time Machine restore process completed, the initial registration screen listed a zabbix account, but after reflection, I’m 99.9% sure that I had once attempted to install Zabbix, to monitor temperatures remotely, and it must be a leftover from that. I had to manually fix up the machine name, and I haven’t yet figured out what I did to get X11 sharing working between the mac and my CentOS machine. Right now, terminal windows have no DISPLAY set, and attempting to install XQuartz just ended up with a bunch of error messages in /var/log/system.log.

But all the firefox stuff is working as before, and I’m overall impressed with how easily the process has gone so far.

Now watch the replacement drive crater on the first day. =p

Oh come on

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

You have a mission critical process, that depends on an outdated version of firefox, and you neither turned off auto-update, nor bothered to take a snapshot of the VM? I try so hard to respect you, but seriously, come on.

Best Buy Win’doh 8

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Supposedly, Best Buy has spent a bunch of money on training for staff, and some online videos, to help with the transition to Windows 8. The videos I’ve seen so far are worse that stupid, and take an inordinate amount of time to share very little actual useful information, and really only raised questions. One of the written parts of their Win 8 push, they goofed, and copy-pasted the same text for two paragraphs.

Windows 8 Ribbon menus
The Ribbon menus popularized in Microsoft Office 2007

and

Windows 8 settings
The Ribbon menus popularized in Microsoft Office 2007

The tester in me noticed.

Uncomfortable Coincidence

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

At work, we have little posters in the bathrooms, that change every Friday, after hours. They were originally modeled after Google’s Testing-On-The-Toilet series, but have morphed into more general life-lesson-y kinda of bits. The one that greets people today says it is originally from Lifestrong.

It’s about the importance of listening, during communication.

Seems an odd choice of source materiel, based on what they are currently in the news for.

Frankenweenie

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Went and saw the latest Tim Burton piece, on Saturday. Ended up doing the 3D-IMAX experience. The theater wasn’t super crowded, mostly families with children (I found it amusing that one kid asked his mom to cover his eyes during the rollercoaster intro bit that Regal has). The animation style is familiar, and several of characters seem almost re-used from previous movies, but manages to work better with the 3D effect, than ‘real ‘ movies do. The story is predictable, but cute, and ends happily, as it is a Disney film. It was worth watching.

(not) Quiet Nights

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Is it a new neighbor, a new stereo, did they discover crystal meth and partying all night? Whatever the reason, suddenly my downstairs neighbor is waking me up at midnight, to the thump-thump-thump of their stereo coming up through the floor, loud enough even the kitchen counter-top in the next room, is vibrating. The first time I came down knocking on the door should have been enough. That this has happened twice, in 4 days, is not a good sign of things to come. As much as I hate to, it’s time to call the HOA, and start working with the ‘authorities’.

I dunno if the sick feeling in my stomach is residual anger, or an oncoming illness, but knowing that if I went home, I’d be facing more sound-system attacks doesn’t help.