I woke up to a frantic-ish e-mail that the web site is broken. Nobody on our end had touched anything in weeks, so this already chapped my hide, without even knowing what the problem was, yet.

After investigating, I found that it's due to a database connection error. The login is incorrect, and the error that's being thrown is:

Could not connect: Access denied for user 'cp_dbs'@'agent02.com' (using password: YES)

The "agent02.com" isn't supposed to be there, I figure, but I can't find anything in the .htaccess or the config files that would be adding it to the login. I've blown the better part of my morning trying to work this out, and now all I can do is pray that the support staff at the webhost has some idea of what happened to make this suddenly break.

This is a potent reminder of why I never, never want to be a sysadmin.

EDIT: Yes, it's fixed now. Irritating thing is, the webhost fixed it using the very first solution I tried. D: What the crap? Sometimes, I hate you, Internet.
With the way this week has gone, I'm not even sure I'll make it to Day 2. I might just do the days that appeal to me, or I might not have time for anything. Bluuuuugh. But anyway, here goes:

Day 1 - Very first video game.

My memories are most definitely fuzzy. My dad was always pretty keen on technology, so I was learning BASIC at the tender age of... 4 or 5? A lot of that inherited techie fixation centered around computers, but in my very early years, I do believe we had one of these at our house:


And that resulted in my pudgy, little-kid hands attempting to play a hell of a lot of this:
And the winner is... )
Yes, in spite of everyone and their mother's attempt to derail me with Things I Have To Do yesterday, I successfully found time to make friends with the ol' XBox again. I'm finally out of freakin' Lothering! Yes, I'm the slowest gamer on the planet. Morrigan disapproves. But, I intend to have more free evenings at my disposal in the near future, so I *will* get through this freakin' game. I have others I need to play!

Also, I don't think I've mentioned it here, but should you want to be friends on XBox Live, leave me your screen name, and I'll add you! (probably better that way, given my sporadic console gaming endeavors)

I also had a sort-of-date via Skype, earlier this evening. It was stunningly awkward for the first couple of minutes, just by virtue of the fact that it was on Skype, and you can thusly see each other, but not completely. My wild gesticulations went outside of the webcam's view more than once, and we had a couple instances of one of us pointing at something in the background, and then realizing that the other couldn't see what was being pointed at.

Other than that, however, I wound up having a great time, and I didn't want it to end, when it came time for me to log off and leave for the evening's activities. And just, wow. I had what was, more or less, an extended, face-to-face interaction with a person in another city. Realizing that blows my mind a little.

It's official: I live in the gorram future, people. And I think I may be spending a fair bit more time on Skype in the coming weeks.

PAXPAXPAX

Sep. 2nd, 2010 11:45 am
Yes, I am leaving in approximately 90 minutes, Gods and The Job willing. I've already received one time-sensitive request from my, ahem, new favorite Job staffer, but at least it should be quick.

I will have a futurephone this year instead of my ghetto RAZR, and I have to say, The Conventionist app looks like it'll be immensely handy. And! I'll also have MY CANON 5D HOSHIT. Shooting last year, with the Rebel XT and one lonely fixed lens, in the dim light of the Seattle Convention Center, was not exactly inspiring. I'm excited to actually have some decent gear on me this time around.

And, a photo before I go! From my first session of shooting with both [livejournal.com profile] theamazingjosh and with Nikon gear. It'd have been better if we had a more willing subject--it was extremely difficult to get this kid to loosen up and drop her forced smile--but hey, we still pulled it off:


Okay. Time to triple-check my packing list! YES. :D
I've been wanting a nice protective case for my futurephone for a while, but haven't fallen in love with any of them. I want something attractive (of course), but also distinct, so I can easily differentiate my phone from others. And, I also wanted a case that doesn't add a lot of bulk, which a lot of them seem to.

BUT! I have just learned that I can create my own GelaSkin, and this looks like just the sort of product I'd be looking for.

The million dollar question is: what photo should I use on the thing? I can't even begin to decide, so! Here's my Flickr feed. What do you think?

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In other news, I am totally slammed with work. I did manage to enjoy an evening out last night, but today is kicking my ass pretty hard, and for this entire week, everyone seems intent on lobbing last-minute changes and requests directly at my head.

I'm probably going to spend my post-wushu Friday evening doing wedding proofing, instead of anything even remotely relaxing, which, feh. Tomorrow is derby, more proofing, and karaoke. Sunday, at least, should be a relaxing bit of outdoorsy time, but jeeeez. I'd really like to not have all these things piled onto me all at once.

Well, onward and upward, I guess. Things are good, but sometimes it's easy to forget that, when I'm working my ass off like this.
batskeets: (finger)
Just when I thought I was finally getting caught up, and feeling like I could really relax, de-stress, and just take good care of ME for a bit... my laptop hard drive decided to crap out last night.

In the MIDDLE of my first Mozy backup.

Of course, since it didn't complete the backup, I lost the last couple weeks' worth of work. I'm not going to lie, I am pretty freaked out and depressed over this. And I am NOT looking forward to re-doing all of this work.

On the plus side, I'd just finished moving all of my China pictures off of the laptop and onto the photo server--which backs up in two separate locations--yesterday morning, so those are all safe.

I would also like to give thanks to Dropbox, because I used that to sync a good chunk of web work to my computer at The Job. So, my recent work on that is also safe.

Otherwise? January is SO. FIRED.

I need some positivity. ;_;
Yes, I am now the proud owner of an iPod Shuffle. I randomly won it at an event drawing, and it took me *forever* to get the thing, but I finally received it yesterday.

I wasn't really aware of the current design for the Shuffle, so I'm freakin' amazed by how tiny and nondescript this thing is. If I'd seen one lying on the sidewalk before getting this one, I would never have thought to pick it up. Well, okay, maybe I'd have picked it up if it was one of the funky-colored ones. But the one they sent me is gray, and I'd easily miss that.

What's even more nuts is that this little device that's smaller than my pinky holds 2GB of music. Now I have to make playlists... if y'all have any ideas of things I should listen to, suggestions are always appreciated!

In other news, a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and apple butter is magically delicious. I'm in a massive soup-and-sandwich mood lately, and the furnace at home being busted is only contributing to that, I'm sure. I really need to start eating well again, though. Tomorrow, yes. Definitely.
The ol' body is feeling noticeably better today than I was yesterday. Woohoo! I still feel bloaty and gross, but that has more to do with 4 days of crappy eating than it does with any sort of illness. ;)

As some of you might've noticed, I had Twitter updates being sent to my phone while I was at PAX. It actually was sort of handy for keeping up on PAX-related things, and I was spending a lot of time sitting in lines, so I figured it was as good a time as any to test whether or not I could actually cope with constant Twittering.

The answer to that? Is a big HELL NO. It *was* rather nice when I was killing time until a panel started, but in the context of my normal life, I really would go completely insane. At the very least, I wouldn't get a single speck of work done, because when I receive texts, I have this practically uncontrollable need to look at said text. I communicate with Boy about business-related things via text quite a bit, so I'd be way too afraid of missing something important.

One possibility is that, whenever I graduate from my crappy RAZR to an iPhone or G1, I might be able to roll with it then. I'd tried to see if I could assign a unique alert noise for certain texts on my RAZR, so I could differentiate Twitter updates from regular texts, but no dice. My phone sucks so bad. :p

I really do need to make a damned decision about my phone, though. I don't particularly like AT&T and their plans are hideously expensive compared to T-Mobile, but I *would* rather have the iPhone instead of the G1 or G2. Sigh. It's not even about Twitter, really: just being able to access Google Maps on my phone would be priceless.

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I won't be talking much about That Thing That Happened Several Years Ago Today. Someone else has probably already said it better. Here's what I said on the day of, though. I didn't expect it then, but now I believe we've all been greatly affected by those events, in ways that extend far beyond the death toll.
I think this is the first time I've actually wished I lived near LA, because I WOULD SO GO TO THIS: Open Casting Call Auditions for New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Motion Picture. Just 30 seconds of nanquan, and I'd terrify them into picking me, y'all. Bwahaha!

But seriously, I was a Ninja Turtles NUT when I was a kid; I think I'd pee myself at the opportunity to do martial arts for a TMNT movie. And I don't even like these "updated" versions of old cartoons. I saw a bit of the rehashed animated show and kind of hated it, but hey, I could let that slide! Wushu + Ninja Turtles = WIN.

In other news, I think it's official: I'm actually using Twitter. Damnit. XD

I think I've made my peace with it, though. I can't really chat at work, so Twitter fills that void a little. And my friends who aren't so active on other social networks use Twitter regularly, so that's a big motivator. I don't receive updates on my phone, because honestly, having my phone go off every time someone tweets would drive. Me. INSANE. I like having the option of ignoring my phone when I need to decompress. AND, I still hate Twitter feeds that are shipped to people's blogs.

I think that I'll always prefer more substantive blog-type things to Twitter, though. I've been Livejournaling for 10 years now, and I really don't feel compelled to stop. There are people whom I'd love to see on here more, too, but I realize that barfing your mental musings, at length, onto Teh Internets isn't as easy or important for them as it is for me. :)

So, should I start a Twitter for the photography business? It seems to be The Thing these days. I'd have to maintain the thing, though, because Boy has yet to post anything on our photography blog, and is really not into social networking in general. So he'd probably not give a crap about keeping up a Twitter, either. ;p

OH YEAH, it looks like we're going to the Beerfest for a bit tomorrow, after I get done with wushu. And then a bowling birthday party for our go-to makeup artist friend. Sunday is gaming, and I'm hopefully bringing a fresh loaf of sprouted wheat bread to the session.

Sleep will happen somewhere in there, too. It REALLY needs to.

Weekend

Apr. 6th, 2009 10:59 am
Dancing on Friday was fun! Well, aside from standing in line outside for almost an hour, waiting to get in. ;p But still, worth the wait. Usually, I'll keep dancing until I hear a song I don't like as much, and then take a break. But at 80's night? There weren't any. XD I finally crapped out after an hour and a half, when my knee started to hurt.

Gaming on Saturday was good times. My second character, who didn't get to do a whole lot last session, got to do quite a bit this session. Must work on being more salty and grizzled, heh. I also made some truly bad-ass Banana Chocolate Chip Flaxseed Muffins to bring to the session. I left a couple at home for Boy, and he thought they were my best yet, which I'd have to agree with. Wooyea. :D

Yesterday was a great day to be outside. Boy and I put together some lunch and then hoofed over to the park for a bit of picnicking. We also fired up the grill in the evening and threw on some kosher dogs. Other than our lack of lawn furniture, it was a nice evening to kick it in the backyard.

Allergies are kicking my butt, though. I've been on Claritin since last Wednesday, and even that isn't doing crap against whatever is in the air that's setting me off. With that in mind, being hermetically sealed away in my office at The Job today is almost a blessing. Almost.

EDIT: We also found the cause of the evil website hack: somebody had apparently monkeyed around in our .htaccess file, so the mysterious code would fly in with the Body tag on all of our pages! Needless to say, we've fixed it and changed around our passwords.
OMG Facebook apps. WHYYYYYY. I don't know how any of you guys get anything done, with all these friggin' Facebook apps. The only one I bother with is the Li'l Green Patch app, and that *already* takes more of my attention than I'm comfortable with. BOO-URNS.

I'm thinking about seeing a specialist about my Achilles tendon, since it's not getting better on its own. I'm getting pretty sick of doctors, though. I also really don't want to waste the time going in, just to have them tell me, "stay off of it," or another similar response equivalent to, "sorry, we can't do anything to help you. Kthxbye."

Okay, enough complaining! I'm tired of complaining about my stupid body. Moving on.

I'm not the only one who's expressed this, as of late, but it does bear repeating: I am, so far, decidedly "meh" about Dollhouse. I really, really want to like it, because it's a Joss show, and he's likely to take the show in a wonderful direction, if he's given the chance! Buuuut, eh. The first three episodes didn't exactly grab me. I hope it gets better.

My gaming group begins this weekend! It should be fun, and the whole group sounds really excited. I'm kind of mentally blocked on one of my characters, though, and I kind of have that feeling I used to get when I did design projects for school, and had to force creativity on someone else's timeline. Booooooo. That's nobody's fault, though; creativity hasn't been coming easily to me, as of late. Spontaneous creativity is still easy enough, but not the kind that requires planning and crazed amounts of forethought. :) Well, you can't be burning your engines at 100% capacity all the time, right?

Anyhoo, here is a picture. Ben set up the lighting while I was at wushu, and once I got there, we took turns shooting. I did the shooting and processing on this one. I like how the post-processing came out :)

+1 pretty dress )

That's all!

Shiny

Sep. 5th, 2008 12:37 pm
I downloaded the new beta for Chrome, because I must make friends with all potentially good browsers. I admit that I groaned when I first heard about it, because the last thing I need is *another* browser for me to worry about when I build websites. Buuuut, it's Google, and their apps are generally pretty awesome. I haven't been using it for long, and I'm still getting used to the layout, but it's *fast*. Hell naw!

In the few moments we've been able to steal to ourselves over the past week or two, we've started watching Season 1 of Veronica Mars. (w00t for Netflix) I friggin' love that show, heh. I've already seen all of Season 1 and most of Season 2, but I didn't see any of Season 3, so I'm kind of in a hurry to get to that part. ;)

I'm feeling good today. Why? Two words: FREE WEEKEND. Oh yes!
Yet another reason why I love Teh Internets:

The opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics was a few days ago, and I didn't see it. I don't have a TV in my house at the moment, because we're moving. We only get maybe two very fuzzy channels up here, anyway, so even if the TV had been here, I couldn't have seen the opening ceremony. I also had a family reunion to shoot early the next day, and I was too tired to scare up access to a TV.

I heard, the next day, that there were 2008 people doing wushu in unison as part of the opening ceremonies! And I'd completely missed it! Obviously, that made me a sad panda. SAAAD PAN-DA.

So how cool is it that I just watched those 2008 people doing wushu, (LEGALLY!) thanks to the good ol' Internet?

Pretty darned awesome.

W00t

Jun. 17th, 2008 03:15 pm
I sold a photo today! To a major publisher, even!

I'm genuinely amused at how it happened, but basically, a book cover designer for a major publisher did a mock-up using one of my photos on Flickr. The publisher and author dug the mock-up, so said designer e-mailed me to ask about getting the high-res version, and tell me to contact the publisher about usage terms. And that's "usage terms," as in, "how much money they are giving me for my photo."

One phone call later, and I'm several hundred dollars richer. It almost feels like free money, because all I did was post the picture on Flickr and let somebody else find it. Behold, the power of Teh Internets!

That does make me wonder what would happen if I were more aggressive about selling my work, though. I don't really know where to begin, there, but hrm...

In other news, Firefox 3 is nigh! I'm not normally one for posting graphical links on here, but I do hold Firefox pretty close to my heart, for a web browser.

And seriously, look at that mascot for Download Day. SO CUTE. It's making the Hello Kitty fiend in me go squee.
Download Day 2008

Good stuff, y'all! I'm out for now.

Sad

May. 23rd, 2008 01:24 pm
I'm sad today. No particular reason... well, perhaps there is a reason or two, but nothing sudden or overwhelming.

The UO wushu posse is coming up this weekend, so we'll be training for a bit tomorrow, and possibly hitting the coast on Sunday. We have a client meeting on Monday, so I'll probably take that day as a Productivity Day, which is fine with me, because I'm actually feeling the itch.

In other news, I'm working on a photography blog for our website, and I already have a plan for how to spruce up the homepage; I just need to commit it to pixels. It's kind of silly that I'm all motivated about a homepage redesign, because I've been hearing a lot of compliments lately about how much people like our website! That makes me a happy monkey. BUT, that doesn't mean that the site can't be better... and it's going to be raaaad.

Oh, and if you happen to be paying any attention to the LJ Advisory Board voting, I'd encourage y'all to vote for [livejournal.com profile] cambler! I know basically nothing about the other candidates, but I'd swapped messages with [livejournal.com profile] cambler on another networking site before ever finding him on LJ, and had a great impression of him from that. Since then, based on reading his LJ and using some of the other projects he's worked on, he strikes me as a smart, aware, and qualified guy who would take the position seriously, and make sure y'all are well-represented.

And, well, this isn't exactly a motivator for me, but if you like b00bs, he also happens to be a glamour photographer in his spare time. Hurhurhur.

Anyhoo, the grindstone currently is sending a "Missing You" greeting card to my nose, so I'd better get back to work.
Y'all, if this isn't Mac pr0n, then I don't know what is. That's hot. With two Ts.

So, is Bacon officially "back" now, or something? There was that period during the low-fat/low-calorie craze where people were afraid of bacon, but now it seems to be making a resurgence into all kinds of random food, especially in desserts. Bacon is being slapped onto practically every hamburger and meat sandwich in the food service industry. I've sampled a Bacon Peanut Butter Truffle at the Pix Patisserie. And now, I learn of this: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies. Holy jeebus. Crazy thing is, I kind of want to make those. XD

In other news, we watched 30 Days of Night over the weekend, and I have to say, the movie was going along all right until the end, when Cut for Spoilers ) Way to ruin the experience in 10 minutes or less, guys. ::eyeroll::

Fortunately, [livejournal.com profile] halfempty rented Shoot 'Em Up, so we watched that yesterday, and it was much more entertaining. They crammed in probably every action movie cliche in the book, and many of the sequences were just so awesomely ridiculous that you can't help but have fun watching them. Hells yeah.

And, on a final, happy note, it must be a week for personal bests. [livejournal.com profile] phrassie ran her farthest ever on Sunday (which makes me glad I didn't go to the [livejournal.com profile] damnrunners meetup, because I *totally* would've slowed her down), and I hit a new personal best yesterday! It was kind of by accident, because I got all twisted around and half-lost near U of P, but I wound up running 4.6 miles! It's only a little over half a mile farther than my previous best, but that's still rad. Wushu is likely to hurt like hell today, but it was totally worth it.
batskeets: (yan!)
OMG, I love the new "Take Public Transit" option on Google Maps. I've already used it to find several places, so I could get to lunchtime appointments when I don't have a car. I wanted to see Amy about getting my wack-ass hairdo fixed up tomorrow, and Google Maps told me how to get myself out to Milwaukie on good ol' Tri-Met. That is effin' awesome.

I know I've said this like 80 times now, but I heart organic veggie delivery. :D I made some kale as part of dinner last night and it turned out really good. And you know? There's something rather nice about washing your produce to get rid of dirt, rather than washing it in some futile attempt to get rid of scary chemicals and pesticides.

I did a weird class at the gym yesterday that basically involved doing intervals of cardio interspersed with intervals of high-rep/low-weight resistance training. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but it actually seems like an optimal way to make me do a lot of exercises that I *should* do, but don't really like to, heh. :) I rarely have the time to do thorough, full-body weight training, and I hate the monotony of bopping along on some cardio machine for 30-60 minutes. The class, however, changes things up often enough throughout the hour that I get a lot accomplished, and I don't have *time* to get bored, heh.

I am definitely fired up about doing the gym thing. Being warm and toasty and having lots of variety does a world of good for my motivation.

I'm still mulling over the whole wushu situation, too. Phil's dad said some things about their experiences with the school that, well, don't exactly give me a lot of hope. Whooof. I need to figure out a plan, and soon.
First off, tomorrow is our OPEN STUDIO DAY! Get a hawt picture of yourself for way less than our usual rates, and if you don't like them, you pay nothing! Click on the obnoxious promo graphic for more info:



In other news, Coding Horror is often a bit too development-centered to be applicable to what I do, but they do sometimes cover some great material relating to UI design. And I *love* them for their visual representation of SQL joins. I was always a bit fuzzy on joins--partly because I don't need to use them terribly often--but this simplified things a lot, seeing as I'm a visual person and all. :)

I have to admit, this cracks me up: Pelt Ann Coulter with bagels and win $1000! I know that most of her hate-spewing antics are primarily bids for attention, but the idea of throwing a bagel at her is so silly that I can't help but laugh.

And finally, I have unveiled my power muffin recipe. I love these freakin' things. If I weren't avoiding sugar and flour right now, I'd eat these by the truckload. :D I may have to bake some for Open Studio visitors to eat...

That's all.
Taking a page from [livejournal.com profile] brad:

My work at The Job involves using Microsoft Outlook. They run a Microsoft Exchange Server, and it handles e-mail, calendars, conference room reservations, the whole bit. So, I'm pretty much required to use Outlook, it seems.

Problem is, I like having my e-mails sorted by project, so I can keep track of everything, separate the general message from the project-specific, etc. I don't see a good way to do that in Outlook, though.

Anybody know how?
While out on a bike ride this past Saturday, Ben and I found a coffee shop called The Wandering Goat, and we had cold-brewed coffee, which I'd heard about from [livejournal.com profile] craftyran  as Toddy coffee. It was MAGIC. Y'all know that I'm a sissy and always take my coffee with milk and sugar, but I could drink Toddy black and still enjoy it. It's *good*. I want that stuff every day!

This morning, I am becoming more 1337 and learning some Ruby. The syntax is kind of crazy at first, but it's not unlike working with Perl, and I love me some Perl. This makes me happy. :D

I have been tooooo busy. I practiced last night, organized some of my junk, and made food, and suddenly it was bedtime. Bah! I did finish off the proofing for [livejournal.com profile] rockinghalo , though! I won't post a whole ton of them, because they're all kind of similar, but I do like these:

Photos in here )

...well, curses. That was kind of a lot after all. ::rotfl::

Anyhoo, I'm off.

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