December 30, 2003
So far so good...

This winter hasn't been as bad as everyone thought so far. It hasn't snowed a lot. In fact there's only been a tiny bit. I probably just jinxed it, though. Oh well.

Posted by ed at 09:39 AM
December 24, 2003
Fun with WWW::Mechanize

While I am out here at my mom's I figured it'd be a good time to redo the network. I set up a D-Link wireless router instead of the Linksys. That way I don't need to create a wireless network with my G4 when I come over. The only problem is that I have a script that runs every hour on the G4 which gets the external IP address from the Linksys and emails me if it changes. That way I can always SSH into my G4. Unfortunately the D-Link admin webpage is set up a little different, so I went and rewrote the script using Andy Lester's WWW::Mechanize perl module.

The trick here was that the D-Link uses a basic browser authentication (those little dialogs that prompt you for a username and password for protected sites). It took me a little while to google out an answer for how to do that.

Here's the way to do it:

my $agent = WWW::Mechanize->new();
my @args = (Authorization => "Basic " .
            MIME::Base64::encode(USER . ':' . PASS));
$agent->credentials(IP_ADDRESS, REALM, USER, PASS);
$agent->get(ADMIN_URL, @args);

The cool thing with the new script is that it's really easy to adapt it to work with other routers. I have an Asante wireless router that I can easily adapt the script to talk to. Nifty!

Posted by ed at 04:37 PM
Sick Boy

I managed to catch a cold yesterday. I haven't had a real cold in years. I had forgotten how much they suck.

Posted by ed at 04:26 PM
Grey Beard

I have a spot on my lip that looks like a bald spot or scar. The only thing is, it's not bald. All the hair in that spot is grey. The only reason I noticed is that I haven't shaved in 6 days. You can see the spot in this picture.


How weird is that? It's almost perfectly round. It looks like I got a drop of bleach on my lip or something. I'm going to have to shave more often. Damn.

Posted by ed at 04:21 PM
December 22, 2003
I still prefer earthquakes

There was a 6.5 earthquake in central California at about 11:00AM PDT today. I didn't feel it at all here in O.C. but there were reports that it was felt all over SoCal. I'll take earthquakes over tornadoes any day.

Posted by ed at 03:52 PM
December 21, 2003
Why is it...

That despite the many times I have stated that I am an atheist, some people refuse to believe me?

Posted by ed at 11:26 PM
December 19, 2003
Bored at O'Hare

I bought a new cell phone the other day, through amazon, a Sony-Ericsson T610. I didn't really need a new phone, per se, but they have these ridiculous rebate offers sometimes. After all the rebates this new phone will end up costing -$100. Yup, I'm getting money for 'buying' a new phone. Silly, huh?

Since I'm getting a new phone, I figured it'd be a good time to switch providers too. I haven't been really impressed by Cingular, and T-Mobile has a good reputation and good data plans. I'm also going to be switching over my old cingular phone number so no one has to learn a new number.

The cool thing about this phone and T-Mobile's data plan is how easy I can go online via bluetooth. I'm writing this from the American Airlines terminal at O'Hare using my phone's GPRS connection. It's actually not bad at all. The speed is okay for light surfing and email. I found the instuctions to get it set up here.

The phone also has other neat features, like a camera, etc. But I just dig that I can get online from anywhere. Nifty.

Posted by ed at 03:25 PM
Return of the King

Vicki and I saw 'Return of the King' last night. Wow. It wasn't totally true to the book, but it was still fantastic. The battles are amazing. Shelob gave me the creeps something fierce. I kept remembering the book, but the movie was sufficiently different that I was on edge the whole time. Good stuff!

Posted by ed at 09:01 AM
Darth Vader

So I got my new phone last night and decided to try out the camera. This is a picture of the Darth Vader thing I got for Vicki. The picture isn't all that hot, but then I didn't know that the camera can do an enhanced 'night' mode at the time.


Posted by ed at 08:58 AM
December 18, 2003
Bad Joke of the Week (Early Edition)

Since I'm going to be flying out to California on Friday I figure I'll post the BJotW now. And, since I'm flying back next Friday, I'm posting two jokes today! Aren't you lucky!

This one Oscar sent me:

After the Great Britain Beer Festival, in London, all the brewery presidents decided to go out for a drink.

The guy from Corona sits down and says, "Hey Senor, I would like the world's best, a Corona." The bartender dusts off a bottle from the shelf and gives it to him.

The guy from Budweiser says, "I'd like 'The King', a Budweiser." The bartender gives him one.

The guy from Coors says, "I'd like the only drink made with pure Rocky Mountain spring water, give me a Coors." He gets it.

The guy from Guinness sits down and says, "Give me a Coke." The bartender is a little taken aback, but gives him what he ordered.

The other brewery presidents look over at him and ask "Why aren't you drinking a Guinness?" and the Guinness president replies, "Well, I figured if you guys aren't drinking beer, neither would I."

And here's number 2:

A typical Texan hears of the drinking prowess of the Irish, and decides to investigate for himself.

He flies to Ireland, and goes to a small pub, walks in, and makes his offer: "I've got $10,000 for any man who can drink ten pints of Guinness in 10 minutes, I'll be here all night, so go tell your friends."

A small guy in the back of the bar gets up, walks up to the Texan, and says "I'll be right back."

15 minutes later, the small Irish guy comes back alone, walks up to the bar, and orders the 10 pints.

In 9 minutes the ten pints are gone, and the texan is paying him the money, saying "Boy, I figured you were gonna go get some big guy to take the challenge, where did you get off to?"

The Irish guy says "Oh no, I just had to go to me other pub and see if I could do it first."

Posted by ed at 01:52 PM
December 15, 2003
Goodbye California Citizenship

I got my Illinois Driver's license this past Saturday, so I had to surrender my California Driver's License. It was the last piece of California-hood that I had. Sniff. Sad, huh?

Wait a minute... Moving out here got me close to the love 'o my life, a great job, and now I'm going to be able buy a house! Fuck California! All I need to do now is get all my friends to move out here...

Posted by ed at 04:13 PM
December 14, 2003
Lots o' Snow

We got real snow. About 1-2 inches. Everything looks really, well, white. It's nice, except that I had to shovel the drive way. That sucks. And the baby horse didn't like it at all. At least not at first. She got used to it.

Posted by ed at 05:46 PM
December 12, 2003
Bad Joke of the Week

One day a drunk man told the bartender, "I'll bet you $100 that I can bite my right eye." The bartender grinned and said, "Okay, you drunk." The drunk pulled out his right fake eye and bit it.

After more drinks the drunk said, "I bet you $200 I can bite my left eye." The bartender knew it could not be fake, so he said, "Okay." The drunk pulled out his dentures and bit his left eye. The bartender, by now was really mad.

After a few more drinks, the drunk said, "I'll bet you $500 that if you slide a shot glass down the bar, I can hop on each stool and pee in it without getting a drop on your bar." The bartender knew he could not do it so he said okay. The bartender slid the shot glass as fast as he could. The drunk jumped on stools and peed all over the bar. The bartender jumped up and screamed in joy because he won $500. In the back he heard, a man yelling in frustration. He asked the man why. The man replied, "That drunk fool bet me $1000 that he can pee on your bar and you would be happy about it!"

Posted by ed at 01:07 PM
Credit is king

Okay kids, here's the lesson of the day: Don't do anything to ever fuck up your credit. Ever.

Good credit can do amazing things. Like negating the need for bank statements and past tax forms when applying for a mortgage. Yup, you read that right. And, for the record, I have fanfuckingtastic credit. So the huge pile of papers from two banks and my tax filings for the last three years were collected for naught.

All of which means that my mortgage acceptance papers should come next week.

Why, yes, I am totally stoked. How could you tell?

Posted by ed at 01:04 PM
December 10, 2003
Mortgage Stress

I got a call from the mortgage company today at work. Since no one ever calls me at work this was odd.

I've been stressing because my work history for the last couple of years sucked, what with that whole year I was out of work and all. He didn't seem to think it was that big a deal, but I had to write up and explanation letter for the gap in employment. Here's a highlight of the letter:

"The job market in Southern California at the time was extremely weak, due to the souring economy. With many laid off tech workers from Silicon Valley moving south looking for work this created a heavily saturated job market. Then the events of September 11th 2001 made things that much worse. Hiring all but froze in most companies. All these factors made for the worst job market in 20 years."

I think that sums it up pretty well, don't you? Hopefully I can get all the paperwork to them by the end of the week and maybe have an answer next week. If it didn't make typing so hard I'd keep my fingers crossed until then...

Posted by ed at 05:10 PM
December 08, 2003
Will you be eaten first?

Go here to find out more! Cthulhu in 2004!

Posted by ed at 09:13 AM
December 05, 2003
Bad Joke of the Week

A really sloppy drunk is draped over the bar. The bartender tells him, "OK, you've had enough. I'm not going to serve you anymore, so get out of here and go home."

The drunk leaves the bar. Ten minutes later the drunk comes back in through the back door. The bartender tells him, "I told you to go home, I'm not serving you anything more, you've had enough, now go home."

The drunk leaves again.

Ten minutes later the drunk comes back in through a side door. Again, the bartender tells him, "Man, I told you, you're wasted. I'm not serving you anymore, now go home, you've had enough."

Again, the drunk leaves.

Fifteen minutes later the drunk comes back through another side door. The bartender says, "What the hell is the matter with you? I keep telling you, you've had enough already, and I'm not going to serve you anymore, now go home!"

The drunk looks up at the bartender and asks, "How many places do you work at?"

Posted by ed at 02:19 PM
December 02, 2003
In case there was any doubt...

I have the coolest Mom. Period.

Posted by ed at 04:56 PM
December 01, 2003
No sleep 'till Gilberts

So, on a whim, my Sister, Mom, Vicki and I went out to look at some townhouses in this little town (sorry, "village") called Gilberts. They are five minutes from the barn and only add ten minutes to my commute (and probably knock off ten from Vicki's). And, most important of all, they are well within my budget.

I got so worked up about them last night that I couldn't sleep. I think I fell asleep around 5AM. I get up for work at 7:30AM. Suck!

I'm going back tonight to find out more about a different model than we looked into yesterday and the options that are available. Hopefully I'll be able to sleep tonight!

Posted by ed at 12:45 PM